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Staden, Hans, c. 1525 - c. 1576
Warhafftige Historia vnnd beschreibung einer Landschafft der Wilden / Nacketen / Grimmigen Menschfresser Leuthen / in der Newen Welt America gelegen vor vnd nach Christi geburt im Land zu Hessen vnbekant / biss auff dise ij. Nechts vergangene ja …
[Colophon:] Gedruckt zu Franckfurdt am Mayn durch Weygandt Han / in der Schnurgassen zum Krug. [1557]
This is Hans Staden's account of his captivity among the Tupinamba from 1547 until 1555.
Woodcut Woodcut
Frezier, Amedee Francois, 1682-1773
A voyage to the South-sea, and along the coasts of Chili and Peru, in the years 1712, 1713, and 1714. Particularly describing the genius and constitution of the inhabitants, as well Indians as Spaniards ... By Monsieur Frezier ... Illustrated with 37 copper-cutts of the coasts ... printed from the author's original plates ... With a postscript by Dr. Edmund Halley ... And an account of the settlement, commerce, and riches of the Jesuites in Paraguay
London: Printed for J. Bowyer, 1717
Map of South America Image from: A voyage to the South-sea Flora Fauna
Wied, Maximilian, Prinz von, 1782-1867
Travels in Brazil in 1815, 1816, and 1817. Translated from the German, and Illustrated with Engravings
London: Sir Richard Phillips and Co., 1820
Forest scene
Tomlinson, H. M. (Henry Major), 1873-1958
The sea and the jungle, being the narrative of the tramp steamer Capella from Swansea to Santa Maria de Belem do Grao Para in the Brazils, and thence 2,000 miles along the forests of the Amazon and Madeira rivers to the San Antonio falls …
London: Duckworth [1930]

This is a reprint of Tomlinson's description of his trip in 1909 and 1910 up the Amazon and Madeira rivers with striking woodcut illustrations by Clare Leighton.

river scene Image from: The sea and the jungle monkey