Letters from the battle-fields of Paraguay. Richard F. Burton.
Letters from the battle-fields of Paraguay

Letters from the battle-fields of Paraguay

London: Tinsley Brothers, 1870. First edition, first issue; 8vo, pp. [2], xix, [1], 491; wood-engraved frontispiece, extra vignette title page, folding map; original blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine; neatly rebacked with the original spine laid down; all else very good. "Burton had temporarily resigned from the consular service in Brazil on account of ill health. Rather than return directly to London he went to the River Plate to report on the long, bloody boundary war which pitted Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay (supported by Britain) against Paraguay (supported by the United States). Opinions on Burton's reports is divided, some say that they are some of the best examples of 19th-century war reporting, others say that they were almost entirely second-hand" (Shapero). Penzer 84-85: "This is a rare book." Spink 45; Casada 45. Item #32419

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