Old Books


The naturalist in la Plata. 1892.

The naturalist in la Plata. With Illustrations by J. Smit. Second Edition. London: Chapman and Hall, Ld. 1892.

Quarto (23 cm x 13.5 cm), 1 sheet, IX pp., (includes Title page, blank), 388 pp., 4 plates and figures interspersed in the text, and 40 pp., with the catalog of books published by Chapman and Hull. Publisher's cloth binding with gilt titles and wildlife scene on cover. Good specimen with some foxing leaves. Not in Suarez. Palau, b. 116589. First edition.

The work of Guillermo Hudson (1841 - 1922), a naturalist born in Quilmes, province of Buenos Aires, managed to achieve enormous prestige. However, the author had to suffer long hardships until finally, in 1892, the title that we now offer was published, the first, which was finally received with high public recognition. On April 1, 1874, he had definitively moved away from his homeland and in England, he married the owner of the boarding house where he lived. The woman knew how to rescue him from the economic chaos and just after the edition of “El naturalista en el Plata”, Hudson managed to live in conditions worthy of his essays.


In the title cataloged here, he introduces us to the flora and fauna of the Plata, being an outstanding scholar of local ornithology.



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