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Dobrizhoffer, Martin
Mappa Paraquariae
1780. Vienna. Engraved by F. Assner. A dark impression, margins are short as always, slightly age-toned, else fine. 422 mm x 344 mm.- Exceedingly rare map of Paraguay, by Dobrizhoffer (1717-1791), an Austrian Jesuit missionary with the Abipones and Guaranis for 18 years; published in the first edition Historia de Abiponibus equestri bellicosaque Paraguariæ, a very rare work on the equestrian tribe of Paraguay, source of Southey's Take of Paraguay (1825), marvelously illustrated with folding maps of the region and plates illustrating the native population and fauna: praised by Sabin, Southey, Furlong and Mitre, still of interest to anthropologist and ethnographers. Comprises most of Argentina and Paraguay, includes the immense region occupied by the Guaranitic Missions after their pass from Spain to Portugal. According to Dr. Luis M. Torres: "This detailed map is one of the most accurate maps known at that time". First edition of this map; "Almost the only work relating to this almost unknown tribe of Indians, and is a memorial of a nearly 18 years of suffering and toil amongst a most savage race" (Sabin for the book).
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Argentina]

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