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KOSTER, Henry.
Travels in Brazil.
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1816.
Contemporary tree calf, expertly re-backed, with original spine laid down. Covers decoratively bordered in gilt, smooth spine decoratively tooled in gilt with green morocco gilt lettering, label, board edges decoratively tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers. "Ex Libris Michael Sharpe." affixed to front pastedown; 8 coloured aquatints. Further editions published in America, France and Germany. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE SCARCEST BOOKS ON BRAZIL. Henry Koster (1793-1820) was born in Portugal at the end of the eighteenth century. His father was a sugar dealer in Liverpool, with a branch in Porto. Henry lived in England but decided to move to a warmer and drier climate after contracting tuberculosis. Availing himself of the opportunity to accompany a friend of the family to Pernambuco, he arrived in Recife on December 7, 1809. His health improved, and he started his travel to Parahiba and Maranhao. He settled in Pernambuco and later acquired land in Itamarac.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Frontis. A Planter and his Wife on a Journey.
2. A Jangada.
3. Crossing a River.
4. A Sertanejo.
5. Fishing Canoe.
6. A Lady going to Visit.
7. A Cotton Carrier.
8. A Sugar Mill.
Bobins I 16; Abbey Travel II 704; Prideaux p. 255, 342; Sabin No. 38272;
Hand coloured plates
Culture/Lifestyle, South America, Travel/Scenery
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