Gisborne, Lionel. The Isthmus of Darien in 1852 – Journal of the Expedition of Inquiry for the Junction of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. London: Saunders and Stanford, 1853. First Edition. 8vo. Hardback. Good+. vi, 238pp, four maps. Original blind stamped cloth, title in gilt to spine and upper cover.
Spine very slightly dulled, corners and edges lightly bumped, a few pages with small nicks to fore-edge where opened, final leaf of text with small piece missing to top left hand corner, otherwise fairly bright and clean.
With four maps as called for, one as a frontispiece, three to rear, no adverts (probably never bound in, with no evidence of removal).
“The Isthmus of Darien was visited in 1851 by Messrs. Gisborne and Forde, who made some short incursions into the country from both coasts; but having been taken prisoners by the native Indians, and escaping from them with difficulty, they were unable to make a complete examination of the country. Sufficient information was, however, elicited, more particularly as regards the advantage of a good harbour on each coast, to warrant an application to the governments of England, France and America, to form a joint expedition, with the view of making a survey of the interior of the Isthmus of Darien, between the Gulf of St, Miguel on the Pacific, and Caledonia Harbour on the Atlantic. These arrangements were made, and Carthagena was selected, in the first instance, as a place of rendezvous for the Atlantic portion of the expedition; but it was subsequently found advisable to meet at Jamaica”, The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Vol. 27 (1857), page 191.