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H.S.B. 'To the Kaieteur and back,' (printed for private circulation by Hatchards, London 1872)

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3079C

Scope and Contents

A printed volume containing an account of a trip to the Kaieteur Falls in British Guiana, illustrated with twenty-one albumen prints measuring approximately 200 x 140 mm., with manuscript captions. As well as an account of the journey by H.S.B. the volume reprints the report of Charles B. Brown to the Geographical Society (dated July 1871) of the latter's trip to the falls. The prints show scenes on the river taken during the journey.

The expedition of H.S.B. to the Kaieteur Falls, April-May 1872:

None of the participants in this expedition are clearly identified, and the overall impression given is of a very amateur undertaking:

‘I left England with a purpose to go to the ‘Kaieteur’; and on my arrival here in Georgetown spoke of it. Some casual visitors got up a mild enthusiasm. I was referred to, and at once consented to organise an expedition.’

The other members are, like the author, referred to only by initials:

‘The Major, Lieut. B., and myself, original members, and Lieut. J., who joined somewhat later. Mr. G., with complete photographic apparatus, was with us; and we took as factotum the invaluable Christian, by permission of the Inspector-General of Police’.

The party set off by steamer for the penal settlement on the Essequibo on 11 April 1872 and started on the journey up-river in the settlement boat ‘Lady Barkly’ and three bateaux (the ‘Macouria’, ‘Tiger,’ and ‘Ungrateful wretch’) on 13 April. After some mishaps, the Kaieteur Falls were reached on 1 May and the party were back in Georgetown by 11 May. Several of the photographs can be precisely dated from brief references in the journal of the trip.


  • Creation: 1872

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

generally in fair condition unless noted otherwise.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: South America/Caribbean, fiche number 31.


H.S.B. (1872), 'To the Kaieteur and back,' London: Hatchards.


This item level description was entered by NE and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.



Includes index.
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