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Coleccion de obras y documentos relativos a la historia antigua y moderna de las provincias del Rio de la Plata, ilustrados con notas y disertaciones.
Buenos Aires, Imprenta del Estado, 1836-1837. - Coleccion de obras y documentos relativos a la historia antigua y moderna de las provincias del Rio de la Plata, ilustrados con notas y disertaciones. Buenos Aires, Imprenta del Estado, 1836-1837.6 volumes in folio. Quarter sheep, marbled boards. (Collation available on request). First edition of the most comprehensive collection of early travel accounts relating to the River Plate region, originally a Spanish Viceroyalty, and then including Upper Peru (modern Bolivia), the principal work of Pedro de Angelis (1784-1859), Neapolitan scholar, educator, and journalist, who came to Argentina in 1827 at the invitation of the liberal reforming President Bernardino Rivadavia. (He founded the Colegio Argentino and edited three influential journals: La Gaceta Mercantil, Archivo Americano & Espiritu de la Prensa del Mundo). Angelis was able to draw on original source material from his unique collection of books and manuscripts on the subject, unequalled at the time, and his impressive edition was printed under the auspices and at the expense of the Buenos Aires government. His staunch support of the dictatorship of General Rosas is reflected in the long dedication at the beginning of volume I. All sections are separate entities with their own title-pages. A general index with details of the 68 parts is contained at the end of the last volume. Volumes 5 & 6 with traces of waterstaining, occasional slight imperfections in margins, but generally a well preserved, complete set with the contemporary ownership signatures ‘Manuel A. de Aguirre’ and ‘Manuel Hermengildo de Aguirre’ on front fly leaves: a distinguished provenance, as the lawyer, economist and successful entrepreneur Aguirre (1763-1843), played a pivotal role in the post-independence development of Argentina. H served as Minister of Finance to first president, Bernardino Rivadavia, and later to the dictator Manuel de Rosas; as Chairman of the National Bank he concluded a controversial deal with Baring Brothers. This work was not seen by either Palau (12491: ‘Coleccion preciosa’) or Sabin (1537: ‘most important collection’) judging by their faulty and defective entries. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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