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British topography, especially East Anglia and the fens; history and archaeology; natural history; esoteric, occult, wicca, paranormal, spiritual, mysticism and religion.

Wanderings in South America, The North-West of the United States, and the Antilles, in the years 1812, 1816, 1820, & 1824, with original instructions for the perfect preservation of birds, &c. for cabinets of natural history. (Fourth Edition)


bound in red half-leather with marbled cloth boards &, to the spine, 5 gilt-tooled raised bands with gilt titles & gilt floral decorations to all panels; inner edges of leather ruled with double gilt lines; marbled end-papers; frontis. engraving: of "A Nondescript" an apelike creature collected by Waterton (but rumoured by some to be a native man that Waterton had shot); To the front: titles & author's preface to the first edition. The book recounts Waterton's experiences in the Guianas in search of the Wourali poison used by the Indians for poison arrows. His second and third journeys were to Brazil, and Guiana again, studying birds and other creatures, with much information on local settlements. His fourth journey was to New York state, Buffalo, eastern Canada and back to New York and Philadelphia, then on to the West Indies. Charles Waterton, naturalist, explorer, & a true English eccentric (he talked to insects, fought with snakes, rode an alligator and lived like a monk), was chiefly known for his writings on natural history and conservation - David Attenborough has described him as “one of the first people anywhere to recognise, not only that the natural world was of great importance, but that it needed protection as humanity made more and more demands on it”.