Boston: Houghton Mifflin, .
Hardcover. Very good. Early reprint (no date on title page). pp. xvi, 405, with 7 maps and more than 70 illustrations from photographs. Publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering. Light rubbing to extremities, some puckering of the cloth at the spine and one corner, previous owner's signature, dated 1912, on front free endpaper. Paper over hinges is cracked, but binding remains sound, text unmarked. An account of the trip to South American during which Bingham first became interested in Inca ruins--leading to his eventual discovery of Machu Picchu. The main purpose of his trip was to serve as a delegate to the first Pan American Scientific Congress in Santiago (December 1908-January 1909). However, he took the opportunity to travel extensively both before and after the Congress, via rail, streamer, and mule. On his return home via Peru, he became fascinated with the pre-Columbian ruins of Choqquequirau (Choquequirao) in Peru, which are described here in some detail. The work also includes description of the Argentine highlands, the Bolivian frontier, La Paz, Santiago, Valparaiso, Cuzco,and Lima, among other locales, as well as his thoughts on trade prospects and on South American manners and customs.