Uttermost Part of the Earth
Bridges, E. Lucas
London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1948. First Edition. sm4to â€“ 24.5cm. 558pp. including 3 Appendices and Index. introduction by A.F. Tschiffely, 5 detailed fold-out maps, 97 full-page fine sepia photographic illustrations including sepia front piece of the author, cartographic end leaves. Publisherâ€™s green cloth with dark green spine tab with bright gilt titles. No prior ownership markings. Dust jacket is unclipped but with paper loss to cover extremities and spine head and foot. A Near fine copy of a rare and significant narrative related to South American travel and exploration.
An important book about Patagonia, with much material on the native peoples and geography. An autobiography description about life in the Andes during a long expedition account of travel in Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia. Maps to endpapers in Southern Chile among the Fuegian Indians. The classic work on Tierra del Fuego and the little-known culture of the now-extinct Fuegian-Ona Indians. When the author was born in Tierra del Fuego in 1874, it was truly an unknown land. On the southern coast was the small settlement established by his missionary parents; the rest of it, over 18,000 square miles of mountain, forest, marsh, and lake, was the hunting ground of fierce and hostile tribes. Bridges grew up among the coastal Yaghans, learning their language and their ways. In young manhood he made contact with the wild inland Ona tribe, became their friend and hunting companion, and was initiated into the menâ€™s lodge. This is arguably the essential work and indispensable introduction for anyone yearning to experience the remoteness and stunning landscapes of this far-flung wilderness at the uttermost part of the earth. Tierra Del Fuego lies at the southern extremity of South America, a vast, rugged, isolated and hostile territory, aptly providing the title for Lucas Bridges’ memorable book. One of the most sought after works of South American travel and ethnography, a fascinating account of life in Tierra Del Fuego during the late 19th Century.
$400 - S O L D