In 1853 British entrepreneur Osbert Salvin made his first journey to Guatemala. Traveling ostensibly to explore the “commercial viability of [Guatemala’s] palm-nut industry,” Osbert returned several times during the next two decades to further survey business options and to indulge his passion for exploring and studying tropical flora and fauna. In 1873 Caroline Salvin accompanied her husband to Guatemala to chronicle the region’s biological cycle for one full year. Caroline, an accomplished amateur artist, spent the year sketching what she saw while recording her thoughts and observations.

A Pocket Eden is an edited compilation of Caroline’s writings and drawings. Preceding the distinguished English photographer Eadweard Muybridge by one full year, Caroline provides some of the earliest known representations of flora, fauna, and indigenous customs in Guatemala and Central America generally. A Pocket Eden “paints a remarkably fresh, perhaps classic, picture of a Victorian...

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