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Title: The Rio Branco, Uraricuera and Parima.

Author: RICE, A. Hamilton
Publisher: London: Royal Geographical Society, 1928.
Item is in ORIGINAL Condition, With Blue Wrappers - As Issued, in Three Consecutive Issues, Complete with All the Ads!!! Notes & Condition: This is a fascinating expedition report on explorations in South America. The area under consideration is Brazilian Guayana, and is the north-east portion of a huge quadrilateral that may be delimited by lines dropped from Bogota, Columbia, and Mount Roraima, to Iquitos, Peru, and Manaos, Amazonas, respectively, and the two western points connected with their Eastern opposites by parallels.

As a geographer and explorer, Rice specialized in rivers. He had begun to explore the Amazon Basin in South America in 1907 and mapped a number of previously unknown rivers in the north-western area. He led seven expeditions in all, this report delineates his last one commenced in 1924-1925. During this expedition he explored over 500,000 square miles (1,300,000 km2) of the Amazon Basin. He ascended the Orinoco River to its headwaters, traversed the natural Casiquiare canal, and descended the Rio Branco to the Amazon at Manaus. This was the first expedition to use aerial photography and shortwave radio for mapping.

On this, his seventh expedition, which was conducted in conjunction with the Department of Tropical Medicine of Harvard University, the primary objectives were both geographical exploration and medical investigation. Specific locations included Manaus, Rio Negro; Boa Vista; Serra do Parima; and Rio Branco (Roraima). Tribal groups encountered include: Shirianes, Maiongongs, and Xirixanes.

This is Dr. Hamilton's fascinating first-hand account of surveys of the Rio Branco and insight into the life and customs of Indian Nations including the Makuxi, Uapixana and Jaricuna.

In 1924 the well-known geographer penetrated to the Eastern flanks of the Parima Massif, on Brazil's Parima River, where he noted obvious malnutrition. Rice concluded that these remote Yanomami "...are not the fierce and intractable people that legend ascribes them to be, but for the most part poor, undersized, inoffensive creatures who eke out a miserable existence." (Tierney, ch. 16) 97 pages, in three consecutive issues. Includes numerous black and white plates and two extra large fold-out colour maps measuring approximately 14.5 x 19.5 inches (37 x 50cm) and 17 x 28.5 inches (43 x 72.5cm). Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. Complete issues, seldom found in such good and original condition.

Dr. Alexander Hamilton Rice surveyed and mapped half a million square miles of unexplored territory, established hospitals for Indians of Brazil and conducted research in tropical diseases. His scientific work won him honors from Italy, England, France and Spain. Dr. Rice also conducted expeditions in Alaska and Hudson Bay.


Alexander Hamilton Rice, Jr. (1875-1956) was an American physician, geographer, geologist and explorer. He graduated from Harvard University in 1898 with an A.B. degree, and earned his medical degree (M.D.) in 1904 also at Harvard. He was professor of geography at Harvard University from 1929 to 1952, and served as the founder and director of the Harvard Institute of Geographical Exploration.

As a geographer and explorer, Rice specialized in rivers. He had begun to explore the Amazon Basin in South America in 1907 and mapped a number of previously unknown rivers in the north-western area. He led seven expeditions in all, the last one in 1924-1925.

On seven expeditions to South America, he explored over 500,000 square miles (1,300,000 km2) of the Amazon Basin. On one trip (1924–25), he ascended the Orinoco River to its headwaters, traversed the natural Casiquiare canal, and descended the Rio Branco to the Amazon at Manaus. It was the first expedition to use aerial photography and shortwave radio for mapping.

On a 1916 expedition, one of his colleagues, Dr. William Thomas Councilman, wrote a report and book on the expedition which was published in 1918.

He surveyed and mapped half a million square miles of unexplored territory, established hospitals for Indians of Brazil and conducted research in tropical diseases. His scientific work won him honors from Italy, England, France and Spain. Dr. Rice also conducted expeditions in Alaska and Hudson Bay.

In 1929, Rice founded the Institute of Geographical Exploration (IGE) at Harvard University and he and his wife, Eleanor Elkins Rice, provided a considerable endowment to maintain the institute. While under the directorship of Rice, the Institute for Geographical Exploration became a major center for the science of photogrammetry or map making from aerial photography. Rice's professional accomplishments also included: Curator of the South American Section of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology; Lecturer in Diseases of Tropical South America at Harvard Medical School; and Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History.

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