Frankfurt: Heinrich Ludwig Bronner, 1820/1821. First Edition. Quartos, 2 volumes; VG; bound in original plain gray paper boards, black lettering to spine; moderate rubbing to boards; pages xiv/xv have a break to the gutter; interior has a few pages with moderate foxing, rest clean; lacking atlas volume; with 19 engraved plates (chapter vignettes, printed on separate leaves) as called for.
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Prince Alexander Philipp Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied was a German explorer, ethnologist and naturalist. He led a pioneering expedition to southeast Brazil between 1815–1817, from which the album Reise nach Brasilien was produced, which first revealed to Europe real images of Brazilian Indians. It was translated into several languages and recognized as one of the greatest contributions to the knowledge of Brazil at the beginning of the nineteenth century.