Mitla, a Narrative of Incidents and Personal Adventures on a Journey in Mexico, Guatemala and Salvador in the Years 1853 to 1855 with Observations on the Modes of Life in Those Countries
Publisher: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts
xvi+436 pages with frontispiece, folding map, four color plates (one folding), woodcuts and table of itinerary. Octavo (9" x 6") bound half speckled leather with red label lettered in gilt to spine and four raised bands over marbled boards. Edited by J.S. Bell. (Abbey 655, Palau 329979) First edition.
Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky was a Prussian adventurer, artist, newspaper correspondent and soldier in New Zealand, Australia, California, Mexico and the Mosquito Coast of Central America. He was also an amateur watercolourist who painted the New Zealand bush and the military campaign. In 1844 he was commissioned into his father's regiment in the Royal Prussian Army, possibly the Garde-Fusilier Regiment in which his brother, Benno Waldemar von Tempsky was a second lieutenant. In 1846, tiring of routine, Tempsky left the regiment after only nine months for the Prussian settlement on the Mosquito Coast of Central America. He accepted a commission to command a force of Mosquito Indians, which had been set up by Britain. In 1850 he went to the new California goldfields, but did not strike gold. In 1853 he returned to the Prussian colony, via Mexico, Guatemala, and Salvador, and later wrote a book, Mitla, about his journey.
Some staining to preliminary pages and wood cuts, provenance of Anthropological Society of Berlin with their stamp to plate versos and map, some page crudely opened else a very good copy.
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