Title:Naturalist on the River Amazons, A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals,Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature under the Equ ator, during Eleven Years of Travel. First Edition, original cloth.
Publisher:  John Murray, London, 1863, 1863
Seller ID: 101969
BATES, Henry Walter. The Naturalist on the River Amazons, A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature under the Equator, during Eleven Years of Travel. IN TWO VOLUMES. London: John Murray, 1863. First Printing. I: Pp. (2),[iii]-viii,(2),-351,(1), frontispiece, folding map at rear, + 4 leaves of black and white plates, including 12 engravings; II: Pp. (2),[iii]-vi,-423,(1), frontispiece, + 3 leaves of plates (1 of which is in facsimile), including 20 engravings. Illustrated. 8vo, original publisher's pebbled green cloth with gilt lettering to spines, all edges stained red. Henry Walter Bates, b. February 8, 1825, Leicester; d. February 16, 1892, London), was an important mid-century English naturalist, whose main contributions centred around mimicry in the animal kingdom.
"The Naturalist on the River Amazons" was so important and highly regarded upon its publication, that Charles Darwin dubbed it to be among the best books of natural history travel-writing ever publishing in England.
"In the autumn of 1847 Mr. A.[lfred] R.[ussell] Wallace, who has since acquired wide fame in connection with the Darwinian theory of Natural Selection, proposed to me a joint expedition to the river Amazons, for the purpose of exploring the Natural History of its banks; the plan being to make for ourselves a collection of objects, dispose of the duplicates in London to pay expenses, and gather facts, as Mr. Wallace expressed it in one his letters, 'towards solving the problem of the origin of species'. [...] My companion left the country at the end of four years; [...] I remained seven years longer, returning home in July, 1959. [...] The part of the Amazons region where I resided longest being unexplored country to the Naturalist, no less than 8000 of the species here enumerated were new to science."- from the preface.
Spines of original cloth rebacked, new endpapers, plate opposite II-265 "Turtle-Fishing and Adventure with Alligator" missing (but replaced with a facsimile tipped in), repair to fold of folding map at rear of first volume, a couple instances of marginal smudging, else a very good, tidy set. 2,800.00