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Ulloa's and Juan y Santacilla's narrative was by two Spanish members of an important mid-eighteenth century scientific expedition to South America. Under the auspices of the Academy of Sciences at Paris, an expedition was sent to Peru in 1735 under the command of Charles La Condamine to take an exact measurement of a degree of longitude. The King of Spain lent his support to the venture by sending along Don Ulloa and Don Juan. This expedition completed its task under conditions of unequalled difficulty, and the story of the trip provides fascinating reading. Here is one of the prints which appeared in one of the many editions published in the eighteenth century.
"Various Boats, Barks &c. used in the Rivers and on the Coasts of Peru in South America." London, ca. 1790. Engraving on laid paper.
Prints and maps from collections of Cook's and other explorers' voyages, provided contemporary and accurate images from this great episode in the European exploration of our world. $60
Facsimile after Carl Nebel. "Las Tortilleras." From "Picturesque and Archeological Voyage over the Most Intriguing Part of the Mexican Republic." Facsimile edition published in Mexico City by Porrua in 1963. 11 1/2 x 15 1/4 (image). Information in bottom margin: Lithograph by R. C. de Tacuba No. 14. Luis Meunier Almacen de la Profesa, 3 a Calle de S.Francisco. No. 5.
This facsimile print which depicts women making tortillas is most likely from the 1848 Mexican edition of Nebel's views of Mexico. This print is slightly different in composition than the one that appeared in the first edition which was published in Paris between 1836 and 1839. $75
From Die Fünf Welttheile dargestefft in Bild & Wort. Hildburghausen: Bibliographischen Instituts, ca. 1850. Steel engravings. Very good condition.
From 1833 to 1864, the Bibliographischen Institut of Hildburghausen, Germany, issued a journal, entitled Meyer's Universum, containing text and steel engravings of all parts of the world. Around 1850 they issued a volume entitled Die Fünf Welttheile dargestefft in Bild & Wort which contained many of the same images, as well as expanded text and some maps. This business was founded by Joseph Meyer, who was later joined by his son Herrmann. Joseph admired the United States and in 1849 he sent his son to New York to set up an American branch of their publishing business, the North American Bibliographic Institution. Herrmann issued an American edition of the Universum (New York: H.J. Meyer; first volume, 1852; second volume 1853.), as well as a new illustrated series called The United States Illustrated. After the death of his father in 1856, Herrmann Meyer returned to Germany and assumed control of the Bibliographischen Institut, which is still in business today. The images issued by this firm are considerably scarcer than other steel engraved views of the period and while some are copied from other sources, such as William Bartlett, others offer unusual and unique, first hand images of different parts of the world.
From Meyer's Universum. New York: Herrmann J. Meyer, 1852. Steel engravings. Very good condition.
A set of rare, contemporary views of Upper and Lower California during the Gold Rush. These charming lithographs were issued in A Pictorial View of California, which claimed to have "Information and Advice Interesting To All, Particularly Those Who Intend To Visit The Golden Region." Cooper, the artist of these images, went to California and visited most of the major sites on the west coast and present-day Mexico, returning to New York to produce the images for this guide issued in 1853. These images were some of the earliest accurate and first-hand images those on the East Coast would have had of Baja California, and the rest of Mexico. The lithographs were drawn by J. Cameron, better known for his work with Currier & Ives, and Brown & Severin. Given their immediacy and accuracy these are historical artifacts of some note.
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