RECORD: Darwin, C. R. [1847]. [Abstract of J. J. von Tschudi, Travels in Peru during the years 1838-1842, by Dr. J. J. von Tschudi. translated from the German by Thomasina Ross]. CUL-DAR71.66-67. Transcribed by Christine Chua, edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2020. RN2

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin. The volume CUL-DAR71 contains Darwin's abstracts of scientific books. Darwin recorded reading this work on 8 January 1847 in his 'Books to be read / Books Read' notebook (1838-1851). Text CUL-DAR119.-




Travels in Peru by Dr. J. von Tschudi (translated by T. ross)

p. 142. horses of Peru mostly natural amblers of; of which there are several varieties. The paso llano is very smooth – trotting horses cannot be taught it – though such easily acquire the paso portante, which is very rapid, with rocking movement – fore & hind feet / same side being reined simultaneously, it is the pace of the giraffe – the paso portante natural & trotting horses can easily be taught it.

p. 177 In tombs apparently prior to dynasty of the Incas, found fragments of two kinds of maize not now known in Peru.



p. 265 every valley has its own peculiar disease - & they affect unequally the various races & half-castes

p. 307. Lengthened account of the four species of Guanaco given in the Fauna Peruriana

p. 425 Everywhere various species of genus mus leave their original dwellings & haunt the abodes of man.

I Fauna Peruriana fully an account of Dogs of Peru



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