El Peru

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Author: Raimondi, Antonio (1826-1890)

Year: 1874-1879

Publisher: Imprenta del Estatado

Place: Lima


3 volumes. Volume 1: Parte Preliminar v+444 pages with indexes. Volumes 2 and 3: Historia de la Geografia del Peru vii+475 pages with two large folding maps, five tinted plates and index; v+514 pages with four folding maps, five tinted plates, tables and index. Small quarto (11" x 7 1/2") bound in three quarter leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering to spine. First edition.

Antonio Raimondi was a prominent Italian-born Peruvian geographer and scientist. Born in Milan, Raimondi emigrated to Peru, arriving on July 28, 1850 at the port of Callao. In 1851 he became a professor of natural history. In 1856, he was one of the founding professors of the medical school at the National University of San Marcos; in 1861, he founded the analytical chemistry department.Raimondi died in the town of San Pedro de Lloc in the La Libertad Region of northern Peru. The house in which he died still stands and is located within a block of the town's main plaza. It has been converted to a museum in his honor.Throughout his career, Raimondi displayed a passion for all things Peruvian. He undertook no less than 18 extensive journeys to all regions of the country, studying the nation's geography, geology, botany, zoology, ethnography, and archaeology. In 1875, he collected his findings in the massive tome El Peru, which was subsequently republished in numerous editions over the next 40 years. The Raimondi Museum in Lima houses some of the collections he gathered in his travels.


Volumes 1 and 2 are mislabeled, rubbing to extremities, some foxing and soiling of pages, some edges are dinged else a good to very good set.

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