Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1834. [verso of title page: 'Printed by Lydia R. Bailey, No. 26 North Fifth Street']. pp xi, , -441, [18 publ. advts.]. Light to moderate foxing. Bound in contemporary boards, paper spine label [rubbed and soiled]. Good+.
"The author was for many years chief surgeon of the U.S. Pacific Squadron and later of the U.S. Navy." Smith. This is the first edition, reprinted in London the next year with a slightly different title. Ruschenberger describes the climate, culture, commerce, resources, religion, and customs [including slavery] in Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. He made his observations "during two cruises in the Pacific Ocean, one of more than three years, on board the U.S.S. Brandywine, from August 1826, to October 1829, and the last on board of the U.S.S. Falmouth, from June 1831, to February 1834, and recorded with a hope of making my countrymen better acquainted with some of the peculiarities of their southern neighbors."
FIRST EDITION. Smith, American Travellers Abroad R61. LCP 9017. Sabin 74195. AI 26601 . 111 Eberstadt 522. Not in Hudak. Item #15333