Captain Basil Hall, Royal Navy (1788–1844), joined the navy at the age of thirteen and saw service during the Peninsular War. His subsequent career involved extended journeys to the East Indies, the Far East and South America. During these postings - encompassing elements of exploration, diplomacy and scientific observation - he kept a journal, and from his notes he published successful accounts of his voyages.
The extracts covering his final commission to South America and Mexico were published in two volumes. This is the second volume, a fourth edition produced in 1925, tracing his journey in command of the 'Conway' from Peru to Ecuador, Panama and Mexico. Sensitive to both physical and human geography, Hall's travelogue gives readers a sense of the continent's natural and cultural diversity as well as its contemporary political turbulence. Darwin notably had an edition with him aboard the Beagle. Unfortunately the book has suffered extensive wear to the covers, and the front board has become detached; areas of the spine covering are loosely attached or missing; the front end paper is also loosely held, but the remainder of the block is secure in the stitching. The text block edges have some dust soiling but are attractively marbled like the boards, the centres of which are rubbed resulting in loss of colour. Approximately 8 leaves at the front and also at the rear are foxed, but other inside pages are bright with only occasional marks, all text is clearly legible. The final page is torn accross from the edge to the centre approx. 6.5 cm. The book could be of particular interest to those involved in South American studies.