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The Naturalist on the River Amazon A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature Under the Equator, During Eleven Years of Travel

Biography / Memoir
By: Henry Walter Bates(Author)
394 pages, b/w illustrations
The Naturalist on the River Amazon
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  • The Naturalist on the River Amazon ISBN: 9781108001632 Edition: 3 Paperback Jul 2009 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

First published in 1863, this is a first-hand account of Henry Walter Bates' eleven-year expedition to the river Amazon in 1848, during which he discovered some eight thousand species unknown to the natural sciences. Written in the first person, it records the astonishing range of natural life in the regions traversed by the Amazon and its tributaries. Describing his adventures south of the equator, Bates takes the reader through Para, Tocantins, Cameta, Marajo, Caripi, Obydos, Manos, Santarem, Tapajos, and Ega, descriptively cataloguing the rich vegetation, aboriginal population, and wondrous birds, animals and insects of these regions. More than just a scientist's log, the work that took Bates three years to complete was considered by Darwin to be 'the best work of natural history travels ever published in England.' This third edition of the book (1873) also contains numerous illustrations by the noted zoologist Joseph Wolf.


1. Para
2. Para
3. Para
4. The Tocantins and Cameta
5. Caripi and the Bay of Marajo
6. The lower Amazons - Para to Obydos
7. The Lower Amazons - Obydos to Manaos, or the Barra of the Rio Negro
8. Santarem
9. Voyage up the Tapajos
10. The upper Amazons - Voyage to Ega
11. Excursions in the neighbourhood of Ega
12. Animals of the neighbourhood of Ega
13. Excursions beyond Ega

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