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Unanúe, José Hipólito.  Guia política, eclesiástica y militar del Virreynato del Perú. Para el año de 1794. [Lima]: Impresa en la Imprenta Real de los Niños Huérfanos, [1794]. 8vo (15 cm, 5.875"). [8], xii, [2], 306 pp.; 6 fold. plts., [1] fold. map.
$1,750.00

Unanúe (1755–1833) was a polymath, physician, naturalist, meteorologist, cosmographer, university professor, and founder of the San Fernando Medical School. In his role as cosmographer to the viceroyalty, he produced just five of these guides to Peru (1793–97), each containing standard information on geography, political and religious divisions, political and religious position holders by name, highly important statistics, and a => much-coveted engraved map first created by Andres Baleto in 1792 and engraved by José Vazquez.
        While a goodly amount of data is the same in each edition of the Guia, annual statistics are not, and when new people were slotted into positions, the new names are given. Text appears on elegantly bordered pages.
        Binding: Marvelous contemporary sponge-mottled sheep binding, round spine richly gilt by repeated use of a small portion of a roll featuring a fine vinous pattern with fruit or berry.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate => only three U.S. libraries reporting ownership (UC-San Diego, Lehigh, and Brown {not the JCB}).

Medina, Lima, 1790; Vargas Ugarte, Impresos peruanos, 2682; Sabin 97718; Palau 344278. Binding as above; joints and edges rubbed, tiny spots of worming. Private ownership stamp whited-out on title-page. Worming in the inner margins in the lower outer corner of the index, with loss of blank paper only.  (37980)   Please RESHELVE This.


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