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846.  Depon’s Travels in South America, 1801-4. 2 vols. 8vo.—­The Caraccas, Venezuela, Guyana, Cumana, are the principal objects of this work; the rural economy, the political and commercial situation of these parts at this period, and the manners of the Spanish Americans are here treated of in a superior manner.

847.  Nouvelle Description de la France Equinoctiale.  Par Pierre Barrere.  Paris, 1743. 12mo.

848.  Essai sur l’Histoire Naturelle de la France Equinoctiale.  Par P. Barrere.  Paris, 1749. 2 vols. 8vo.—­The former of these works is chiefly confined to a description of the natives, their weapons, manners, mode of life, &c.:  the latter work is full on the natural history of Guyana.

849.  Bancroft’s Essay on the Natural History of Guyana. 1769. 8vo.—­Besides natural history, this work may be consulted with advantage on the manners, &c. of the natives.

850.  Stedman’s Narrative of a Five-Years’ Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, 1772-7. 2 vols. 4to.—­There is an air of romance in several parts of this work, which, though it adds to its interest, raises suspicions of its accuracy and faithfulness, and that it has been in the hands of a trading editor; still it is a work from which a lively picture may be obtained of Surinam and its inhabitants.

851.  Tableau de Cayenne.  Paris, 1793. 8vo.—­Climate, produce, mode of culture, manners and nautical observations form the principal topics of this work.

852.  Narrative of a Voyage to Brazil.  By Th.  Lindley. 1804. 8vo.—­This work contains much information regarding the political, commercial, and domestic state of the Brazilians, with some notices on natural history.  As Brazil used to be visited by our ships before we obtained the Cape, on their voyage to the East Indies and China, much information may be gained from several voyages to the latter, especially from the accounts of Lord Macartney’s Embassy by Staunton and Barrow.

853.  Luccock’s Notes on Rio Janeiro, and the Southern Parts of Brazil. 1820. 4to.—­Mr. Luccock resided eleven years in Brazil, and he seems to have been a careful observer; his work gives much new and important information on agriculture, statistics, commerce, mines, manners, &c., but it is heavily written.

854.  Koster’s Travels in the Brazils. 1816. 4to.—­This work, together with Luccock’s, Henderson’s, and Mawe’s, comprize a body of information on Brazil, nearly complete on all points except natural history, and that must be sought in Prince Maximilian’s Travels.

855.  History of Paraguay.  By Charlevoix. 1760. 2 vols. 8vo.—­This work is full on the plants, animals, fruits, &c., of this country; and is particularly interesting from the account it gives of the celebrated and singular Jesuit establishment in Paraguay.

856.  Voyages dans l’Amerique Meridionale, 1781-1801.  Par Don F. de Azara. 4 vols. 8vo.  Paris, 1809.—­The author, who was commissioner of the lines of the Spanish frontier in Paraguay, gives in this work much information on the climate, soil, &c. of countries little known; and the value of it is enhanced by the notes of Cuvier and Sonnini on natural history.

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