Item #1333 The Discoverie of the large and bewtiful Empire of Guiana. Sir Walter . Ralegh, . . Harlow, 1552?-1618, incent, odd.
The Discoverie of the large and bewtiful Empire of Guiana
The Discoverie of the large and bewtiful Empire of Guiana
The Discoverie of the large and bewtiful Empire of Guiana
The Discoverie of the large and bewtiful Empire of Guiana
Walter Ralegh's 1595 Expedition to Guiana--with Lytton Strachey's Bookplate

The Discoverie of the large and bewtiful Empire of Guiana

London: The Argonaut Press, 1928. Limited edition of 975 copies, this copy not numbered. Frontispiece portrait, 2 folding maps. Hardcover. Quarto. cvi, 182 pages. Bound in tan cloth over boards with vellum spine, integral ribbon bookmark. Ralegh's coat of arms stamped in gilt on upper board, spine titled in gilt. Some spotting at lower fore corners of both boards and at bottom of lower board near spine. Old dampstain at bottom inner corners of rear endpapers. Later owner bookplate on front pastedown below Strachey's. Hinges sound. Very good overall.

A superb edition of Sir Walter Ralegh's Guiana expedition in search of the golden city of El Dorado. Appendices A and B contain Spanish official dispatches that had not seen the light of day for 300 years, and which make it possible to compare Ralegh's own account of the 1595 expedition with the narratives of contemporary Spaniards actually on the ground.

This copy previously owned by Lytton Strachey, noted literary critic and founding member of the Bloomsbury Group, with his bookplate on front pastedown.


Item #1333

Price: $250