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Valparaiso: S. Tornero and Sons, 1864.. 150pp. plus ten photographs including frontis. Half title. Quarto. Contemporary blue cloth, blindstamped cover, ornate gilt spine. Minute wear to extremities. Minor foxing. Contemporary publisher's label on front pastedown. Later gift inscription on verso of front fly leaf. Plates are quite clean overall. Very good. A charming tour through Lota, Chile. This volume is most important for its original albumen prints taken by photographer Jorge Munday. Little appears to be known about Munday except his address, listed as "Calle de Los Huerfanos, N. 34, Frente al Pasaje Bulnes." The pictures show both pastoral scenes and stately homes, coupled with industrial development, coal mining, and shipping. The images are captioned as follow: 1) [Portrait of a man standing, presumably the author]. 2) "Lota Alta." 3) "Capilla de Lota." 4) "Las Casas desde El Parque." 5) "El Puente de Chambeque." 6) "Lota El Muelle desde La Punta de Lota." 7) "Astillero de Lota." 8) "Hornos de Fundicion, de Ladrillos Parte del Muelle de Lota." 9) "Lota Baja desde El Camino Viejo a Colcura." 10) "Vista de Coronel." The text includes a biographical sketch of the prominent Don Matias CousiƱo, a general overview of the region, a profile of local coal mines, and more. Extremely early examples of South American photographica. Quite rare. Not in Palau nor THE TRUTHFUL LENS.... OCLC locates only four copies, at the Library of Congress, Harvard, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the National Library of Chile. OCLC 3781057.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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