Amsterdam ; Leipzig: Chez Arkste'e & Merkus, 1752. First French ed. Hardcover. Two large quarto volumes rebound in 20th century beige quarter cloth and pale green paper-backed boards; modern endpapers and paste-downs; frontispieces to both volumes, [28 of original 46] leaves of plates (some folded): illustrations, maps, plans, diagrams. Tome 1: xiv, 3-554p + plates; Tome 2: vi, 316, vi ; [Tome II, part 2:] vi, 3-309, v + plates; 26 cm. A fair copy only. Several plates lacking but many technical and some pictorial plates and maps remain. Both frontispieces present. Mild wear and numerous superficial insect nibbles to spine cloth and boards of both volumes (mostly spines). A one-pass albeit careful collation (with room for minor error!) shows illustration to page "(a)" of Tome 1 neatly cut out; ten plates and fold-out illustrations also lacking to Tome I: vi, vii, xiv, xvi, xix-xxv (of 25 total); and eight lacking to Tome 2: xxvi-xxvii, xxx-xxxiii, xxxv-xxvi (of 21 "planches" total); pages 417-424 of Tome 1 loose and laid in; same for Tome II, pages 49-56; small tear to outer margin p363, Tome 1. Other minor flaws typical of a work of this age may be present. Some folding maps intact. Both volumes' text block clean with very sparse to light foxing throughout both volumes, chiefly to margins. Appears to lack large folding map of the Pacific Coast. All plates of Tome II, Part 2 "Observations astronomicas y physicas..." appear present. This copy has survived the hands of a breaker and, while lacking plates, remains a tight, clean and quite functional copy of a monumnetal work. Worthy of care and restoration. Item #87010
In French. Translations from the Spanish language original by E. de Mauvillon, of Ulloa's "Relacion historica del viage a la America Meridional", and of the companion work by Jorge Juan y Santacilia, entitled, "Observations astronomicas y physicas hechas de orden de S. Mag. en los reynos del Perù" (both published at Madrid in 1748); and of Garcilaso de la Vega's "Comentarios reales de los Incas."/ "Ouvrage orné des figures, plans et cartes necessaires, et qui contient une histoire de Yncas du Perou, et les observations astronomiques & physiques, faites pour déterminer la figure & la grandeur de la terre."Titles in red and black, with vignettes; head- and tailpieces. || Indians of South America -- Andes Region -- Early works to 1800. Incas -- History -- 18th century -- Sources. Arc measures -- Early works to 1800. Scientific expeditions -- South America -- 18th century -- Sources. Arc measures. Spanish colonies. Discoveries in geography. Incas. Indians of South America. Scientific expeditions. Travel. History of Science. Rare Books. 18th Century Imprints. || Photos upon request. Serious inquiries only, please. Set weights 7 lbs 10 oz before packing. Shipping at cost.
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