Oct 16, 2018 - Sale 2488

Sale 2488 - Lot 239

Price Realized: $ 4,250
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ARAGÓN, ILDEFONSO DE. Descripción Geográfica y Topográfica de la Ysla de Luzon o Nueva Castilla con las Particulares de las Diez y Seis Provincias o Partidos que comprehende [etc.]. [2], 14; 50, [10] (with one leaf of glossary bound of order); 21, [1]; 38; 25 pages; lacking the five maps and plans, but with three contemporary folding engraved views of manila bound in. Printed on rag paper. Together, 5 parts in one volume, 4to, 193x137 mm, 20th-century red morocco gilt; text contents toned with light dampstaining, unobtrusive repairs on verso of the views. [Manila]: Manuel Memije for Anastacio Gonzaga, 1819-21

Additional Details

first edition. apparently all published of a series of short surveys of the provinces of Luzon by the commander of the Royal Corps of Military Engineers, described by Retana as the father of Philippine statistics and scientific topography. Retana/Aparato 514, 515, 516, 518, 525; Palau 14463, 14464, 14466, 14467, 14468. Not in ABPC or RBH.

The extraneous plates of Manila were engraved by Francisco Xa ... first edition. apparently all published of a series of short surveys of the provinces of Luzon by the commander of the Royal Corps of Military Engineers, described by Retana as the father of Philippine statistics and scientific topography. Retana/Aparato 514, 515, 516, 518, 525; Palau 14463, 14464, 14466, 14467, 14468. Not in ABPC or RBH.

The extraneous plates of Manila were engraved by Francisco Xavier de Herrera and bear the imprint of the Depósito Topográfico de Manila, which was founded by Aragón:

Manila Capital de las Yslas Philipinas. Vista del Puente Grande. Circa 1818? Not in Retana/Aparato.

Vista de la Plaza de Manila . . . desde el Campo de Bagumbayan. 1818. Retana/Aparato 512.

Vista de la Plaza de Manila . . . desde el Mar de la Bahía. 1818. Retana/Aparato 513.