This two volume set publishes the full reports of Schomburgk's travels in Guiana between 1835 and 1844, previously available only in greatly abridged and heavily edited versions. Volume I details Schomburgk's journey in British Guiana in 1835 up to 1839, where he explored much of the interior of the colony and completed the arduous overland journey to the Orinoco to connect his survey with that of Alexander von Humboldt. During these expeditions he witnessed maltreatment of Amerindians at the hand of Brazilians, and having ascertained that the boundary between Brazil and British Guiana was undefined he proposed it should be fixed so that those within the British colony would be protected from further harassment.
Volume II details Schomburgk's surveys of the boundaries of British Guiana, hitherto undefined. His surveys between 1841 and 1843 consisted of three journeys, the first to the mouth of the Orinoco River, then the boundary with Brazil, and finally to the boundary with Dutch Guiana.
In abbreviated form they appeared in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. Here they are published in full, including the material censored by the Colonial Office, which mainly details abuses of the native population committed by Venezuelans and Brazilians. In an 'Epilogue' an account is provided of his later career. The volume also includes two appendices: a summary of the boundary disputes which arose as a result of Schomburgk's survey and a vocabulary of vernacular plant names.
The two hardback volumes are both in very good condition, with only a very minimal amount of shelf wear to the dustjackets, and a barely noticible small light stain to the back of one. The navy cloth boards are in nearly new condition, have gilt lettering and an illustration on the front, the pages are clean and the spine is tight.