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A journey through the Republic of Colombia

MOLLIEN, Gaspard Théodore.
Reis door de Republiek van Columbia, in het jaar 1823; ... Uit het Fransch vertaald door A. Bruggemans.
Dordrecht, Blussé and Van Braam, 1825. 2 volumes bound as 1. 8vo. With 6 lithographed plates (1 bound as frontispiece). Contemporary brown half roan, gold-tooled spine.
€ 950
Very rare first edition of the Dutch translation of a travelogue through the Republic of Colombia by Gaspard Théodore Mollien (1796-1872). The author starts with describing his journey from France to Bogota, sailing along the American coasts. In Colombia he visits all the provinces and gives brief descriptions of cities as well as smaller towns, the inhabitants, and landmarks. Some chapters deal with Colombia's history, also including an eyewitness account of the riots in Socorro and New-Grenada, while others give a geographical description of Colombia: its mountains, climate, seasons, forests, mining, rivers, indigenous animals and pets. Mollien also describes in depth the culture, customs, psychology and physiology of the Colombians. The islands of Jamaica, Curacao and Tenerife are also described.
Browned with some occasional foxing. Binding worn along the extremities, front hinge cracked. Overall a good copy of a very rare Dutch translation of a journey through the Republic of Colombia.
Sabin 49920; not in Muller, America; NCC; WorldCat.
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