Description:Fair. No dj as issued. [B-ausTup) AL1 DEC12TE] vol II only.1838...Fair. No dj as issued. [B-ausTup) AL1 DEC12TE] vol II only.1838 true 1st ed. cloth boards covered in tooled leather. museum quality gilt Argentine gaucho on front cover, with little wear to gilt. spine is rough, most of spine gilt remains, with a large chip to the spine paper and end paper wear. corners are only lightly bumped. this book shows its 174 years of age, but is a fine and charming work of book art in its construction. the spine is cracked and has been professionally restored. hinges and binding are now reasonably solid, you could read this book carefully many times and not damage it-but it does have some fragility. clean linen pages, no foxing and minimal age tanning. plates are intact with fly leaves. pull out maps present and intact in back of book. a handsome old book, worn, repaired and ready for another 100 years. interesting and rare travelogue of a British diplomat and his first trip to the Andes to establish an international steam ship line. scarce and hard to find outside a reprint. reading it in its original beautiful book craft form adds to the charm of the diary. )
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