BIART, Lucien. My Rambles in the New World. Translated by Mary de Hauteville. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd., St. Dunstan's House, [Aberdeen University Press], 1893. Pp. [i]-vii,(1),-296, frontis. (with tissue guard), + 27 p. of plates. Illustrated. 8vo, pictorial olive-green cloth with black-outlined gilt lettering to front and spine.
Lucien Biart (b. June 21, 1828, Versailles, France - d. March 18, 1897, Batignolles, Paris).
A travelogue by the French naturalist about his expedition through North and Central America, starting in Quebec on board the schooner Siren, and visiting numerous points in between. The bulk of this volume focuses on Biart's stay in western Mexico, and his encounters with the indigenous people of the region.
Contents: 1. Labrador (including Biart's encounters with the Esquimaux of the region ); 2. A Canadian Family (with information on his travels on the St. Lawrence); 3. Niagara in Winter (which includes a short stop-over in Halifax); 4. San Francisco; 5. Tortoise Island; 6. A Waterspout at Sea; 7. Christmas Dayat Havannah; 8. From Havannah to New Orleans; 9. The Horse-Tamer; 10. Teno chtitlan; 11. The Pearl Forest; 12. The Tuxpango Cascade; 13. The Serpent-Charmer; 14. The Dead City; 15. The Unicorn; 16. The Grotto of the Toltecs; 17. Aztec Education.
Light bumping to spine ends, minor bubbling to upper portions of front board, faint soiling to rear board, pre-1900 gift inscription inked to flyleaf, else very good. 80.00