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A CLEVER book of travels, over less venomous, are amongst the inground comparatively untrodden, is digenous comforts of the soil-it is in these days a welcome rarity. No notorious, and has been pretty generdearth is there of vapid narratives by ally avoided. Braving these dangers deluded persons, who, having leisure to and disagreeables, a German of high travel, think they must also have wit reputation as a naturalist and man of to write: with these we have long letters, has devoted four years of a been surfeited, and heartily grateful life valuable to science to a residence do we feel to the man who strikes and travels in the most interesting out a new track, follows it observant district of South America ; the ancient ly, and gives to the world, in pleasant empire of the Incas, the scene of the and instructive form, the result of his conquests and cruelties of Francisco observations. Such a traveller we Pizarro. have had the good fortune to meet “ The scientific results of my with, and now present to our readers. travels," says Dr Tschudi in his brief
We take it that no portion of the preface, "are recorded partly in my globe's surface, of equal extent, and Investigation of the Fauna Peruana † comprising an equal number of civi- and partly in appropriate periodicals: lized, or at least semi-civilized, states, the following volumes are an attempt is less known to the mass of Euro- to satisfy the claim which an enlightpeans than the continent of Southened public may justly make on the America. Too distant and dangerous man who visits a country in reality for the silken tourist, to whom steam- but little known.” boats and dressing-cases are indispen- We congratulate the doctor on the sable, it does not possess, in a political good success of his attempt. The point of view, that kind of importance public, whether of Germany or of which might induce governments to any other country into whose language stimulate its exploration. As a nest of his book may be translated, will be mushroom republics, continually fight- difficult indeed if they desire a better ing with each other and revolutioniz- account of Peru than he has given ing themselves-a land where throat- them. cutting is a popular pastime, and Bound for the port of Callao, the earthquakes, fevers more or less ship Edmond, in which Dr Tschudi yellow, and vermin rather more than sailed from Havre-de-Grace, was
Peru. Reiseskizzen aus den Jahren 1838-1842. Von J. J. von Tscucdi. St Gall: 1846.
Untersuchungen über die Fauna Peruana. St Gall: 1846.