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AN ACCOUNT OF THE ABIPONES,
Dobrizhoffer, Martin.

AN ACCOUNT OF THE ABIPONES,

An Equestrian Peoples of Paraguay. From the Latin of ... [By Sara Coleridge]. John Murray 1822.
1st English Ed. 3 vols. Ex.-libris Lord Stanley the Earl of Derby, inscription to front f.e.ps., some light browning, contemporary double gilt rule edged intricately tooled calf, sl. rubbed to extremities, gilt lettered title labels to sl. discoloured spines, tail of upper joint of vol. 3. sl. split though firm, handsome set. Sabin 20413 “Highly eulogized by Coleridge, Southey, Charles Lamb, Lowndes, and Brunet. It is almost the only work relating to this almost unknown tribe of Indians, and is a memorial of nearly eighteen years of suffering and toil amongst a most savage race.” Moraes vol. 1., pp.228.’The work was held in high regard by Southey, who made much use of it. Brunet claims that the English translation was made by ‘Miss Southey’. He is mistaken, the translation was incontestably made by Sarah Coleridge (see Maggs, Voy. & Tr. volume 5-822). Sara Coleridge’s translation was judged by Samuel Coleridge to be ‘unsurpassed for pure[?] mother English by anything I have read for a long time.’ The author went as a missionary to South America where for eleven years he worked in the Guarany Reductions before spending seven years in the four colonies of the Abipones. Giving many details of their 'manners, customs, superstitions, military discipline, slaughters inflicted and received, political and economical regulations, together with the vicissitudes of the recent colonies...' He frequently takes occasion to refute and expose the erroneous statements of other writers respecting the Jesuits in Paraguay.
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