The English Do Love Their Madeira . . .
So Why NOT Seize the Island?
(Napoleonic Wars). [drop-title] Noticias participadas del Janeyro, con fecha de 12 de marzo de 1808. [colophon:Buenos Ayres: Impenta [sic] de Niños Expósitos, 1808. 4to (19.5 cm, 7.75").  pp.
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Here we have essentially two related documents: On pp. [1–2] is the latest news of the war in Europe and then on pp. [3–4] is the “Capitulacion de la isla de la Madera” by the Portuguese to the English (dated at San Lorenzo Funcal 20 Dec. 1807).
WorldCat locates only two libraries worldwide reporting ownership of this (JCB, Lilly), but given its presence in the bibliographies below it must be held in non-reporting libraries.
Scarce item from the famous press of “the orphan children” of Buenos Aires.
Medina, Río de la Plata, 563; Zinny, 1808, xxvi; Furlong, Rio-platenses, 1181 (describing only p. –). Without wrappers; leaves once separated from each other and now expertly rejoined at the inner margin. Very clean, very good. (41417)
Noticias historicas de la Republica Argentina
Núñez, Ignacio Benito. Noticias historicas de la Republica Argentina. Obra postuma del Sr. D. Ignacio Nuñez. Dedicada al Sr. Dr. D. Valentin Alsina...por el hijo del autor, D. Julio Nuñez. Buenos Aires: Impr. de Mayo, 1857. 8vo. 2 pts. in 1 vol. I:  ff., iv, iv, 365 pp. II: 115 pp. [bound with] Trabajos literarios. Buenos Aires: Impr. de Mayo, 1857. 8vo. 81 pp.
Núñez was a man of many partsa military officer, government official, writer, and reporter (1792-1846)and authored several works with similar titles, some of which were reprinted several times. The Noticias históricas (pt. two being entitled Efemerides americanas, desde el descubrimiento del Río de la Plata) is a first edition and should not be confused with earlier works: Its focuses are the English invasions (1806-7) and the War of Independence (1810-17), the foci of many of Núñez's historical writings. This 1857 Trabajos literarios, composed of political essays, is also a first edition. Both works are scarce in U.S. libraries.
Provenance: Partially erased presentation inscription on first title-page from Julio Núñez, dated 1862.
Palau 196836, 196837, 196838. On Núñez, see: Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal, e Iberoamérica, fiche 665, frames 235-48. Mid-19th-century quarter cloth with marbled paper sides, spine discolored. Private ownership stamps. (2155)
Supreme Court Documents
Olañeta, Casimiro. Five MS. Letters Signed, to the Secretary of State at the Office of Justice. Sucre, 11 March 12 May 1858. On paper, in Spanish. Folio, 8 pp.
The president of the Bolivian Supreme Court writes concerning the receipt of official decrees (11 March), the salaries of court employees (6 April), the court's opinion in the matter of substitute judges in the civil section of the judicial system (9 April), the court's decision to press criminal charges against a lawyer who had impugned the dignity of the court (10 May), and the court's opinion regarding the official title of judges in certain criminal cases (12 May).
The Court had just come through a period during which a military ruler had systematically dismantled the courts and undercut their authority and dignity. Olañeta had assumed his presidency only days before the first document in the collection was penned.
Very good condition. A few small tears at folds. (3116)
WORLD MYTHOLOGY — 8 Vols. & Thousands of Entries
Pozzoli, Giovanni; Felice Romani; Antonio Peracchi, et al. Dizionario storico-mitologico di tutti i popoli del mondo. Livorno: Stamperia Vignozzi, 1824–28. 8 vols. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). I: 580 pp. II: 581–1163,  pp. (pp. 1057–64 repeated in place of pp. 1065–72). III: –1708 pp. (pagination 1551–52 repeated, 1687–88 skipped). IV: –2342 pp. V: 2351–3086 pp. (pagination skips 2519–26). VI: 3087–3855 pp. (pagination skips 3407–08). VII: 576 pp. VIII: 577–1074 pp.
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Second edition of this classic dictionary of comparative mythology, a hefty collection of the deities, heroes, tales, festivals, antiquities, and other folklore of numerous cultures and countries including Mexico,Peru, America, Africa, India, Japan, China, etc, along with Jewish, Greek, and Roman antiquities. The foundation of the work was François Noel's Dictionnaire de la Fable; copious additions and corrections were made by Pozzoli, Romani (the famed poet, scholar, and librettist for La Scala), and Peracchi (another librettist). The resulting encyclopedic endeavor was originally published from 1809–27 under the title Dizionario d'ogni mitologia e antichità incominciato, according to Graesse and Brunet, who both give Pozzoli's first name as Girolamo.
This set includes two volumes of supplemental text, adding a number of entries. The first edition was followed by two volumes of supplemental plates, not present here and not called for: Graesse describes this edition as “sans grav.”
The pagination is erratic in a number of places; there is a numbering gap from 2342 to 2351 between vols. IV and V, but the text and signatures are uninterrupted.
Uncommon: OCLC locates only two U.S. institutional holdings of this second edition.
Provenance: Most volumes with small inked ownership inscription in an outer margin: “G.R.W.” the mark of William Rollinson Whittingham (1805–79), fourth Episcopal Bishop of Maryland and an enthusiastic book collector.
Brunet, IV, 851; Graesse, V, 429. Not in Sabin. Contemporary half binding, recently rebacked with tan paper, spines with printed paper labels; boards rubbed and faded with small chips, one vol. with front cover waterstained. Foxing almost throughout, generally no worse than moderate; light waterstaining in upper margins of vol. I; one leaf in vol. VII with lower outer portion torn away, with loss of words from about 18 lines on each side. Vol. II with printer's error replacing pp. 1065–72 with duplicates of pp. 1057–64; pagination erratic in other places. Most vols. with ownership mark as above; vol. VI with one pencilled and one inked marginal annotation. (25862)
Ramírez Carrillo, Alonso. Manuscript document, unsigned. On paper, in Spanish. Peñafiel, Spain, 1621. Folio (31 cm; 12.25"). 15 ff.
Detailed here is the last will and testament of the choir master of Popayán, Colombia. Ramírez was an absentee office holder, for he lived in Peñafiel, Spain, indulged in this failure to take up his duties in the New World by the bishop of Popayán—who happened to be his uncle. The choir master’s wealth was considerable and while not itemized as in an estate inventory, it is more than hinted at via the bequests here of real estate (with provenance), of silver and gold chalices and crosses, and of cash in the form of coin. The bequests also give an interesting picture of the size of his family and the ranking of nieces, nephews, etc.
Certified, contemporary copy of the original.
Sewn. In good condition. Very legible notarial hand. (7710)
Lima Mourns Charles III — A RARE Type of Volume
from anInteresting Press
Rico, Juan. Reales exequias, que por el fallecimiento
del señor don Carlos III, rey de España y de las Indias, mando
celebrar en la ciudad de Lima. Lima: En la Imprenta Real de los Niños
Expósitos, 1789. Folio.  ff., 169, [1 (blank)] pp.,  f., 50 pp.,
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Fr. Rico, an Oratorian, describes the memorial services in Lima on the occasion of the death of King Carlos III, as well as the commemorative art work and its Neo-Latin epigraphs. Fray Bernardo Rueda's “Oracion funebre que en las solemnes exequias del Rey nuestro señor don Carlos III” has a sectional title-page and its own pagination.
The folding plate is ofthe funeral monument erected in the king's memory. It is an extremely well executed, large engraving that was signed by Vazquez and dated at Lima, 1789.
NUC and WorldCat locate only five U.S. libraries reporting ownership Yale, Notre Dame, the John Carter Brown, the Boston Public, and Duke with the last two copies lacking the plate; we know of one other institution having a copy with it. Searches of CCPB and the OPAC of the Spanish national library locate three Spanish libraries reporting ownership; COPAC finds no copies in Britain.
The number of “splendid ceremonies” books produced in colonial Peru is small: There is no census but we suspect the number to be around 20.
Other interesting aspects of the work are that it is an important source on the social and artistic life of Lima in the decade following the Tupac Amaru rebellion and that it is from one of Latin America's famous presses of “orphan children.”
John Carter Brown Library, Catalogue, 1493-1800, III,324; Medina, Lima, 1697; Sabin 73902; Vargas Ugarte, Impresos peruanos, 2546. Contemporary limp vellum with late, neatly inked title on spine. Some foxing. Plate lacking lower half and small portion of upper one; a handsome skeleton (memento mori) archer is the focus of what remains. Bookplate sometime removed; rubber-stamps on several pages, including title, reading (yes, in English), “Bought of F. Perez Velasco October 1912.” (25771)
Few Wanted to Go
Robertson, John Parish, & William Parish Robertson. Four years in Paraguay: comprising an account of that republic, under the government of the dictator Francia. Philadelphia: E.L. Carey & A. Hart, 1838. 12mo (19 cm; 7.25"). 2 vols. I:  ff., 236 pp. II: 220 pp.
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First American edition of the brothers Robertson's wonderful account of their travels in South America culminating in their arrival in Paraguay and an extended residence there. They also recount the efforts to emancipate the various South American regions from Spanish control, compare and contrast Portuguese and Spanish America, describe flora and fauna, discuss native populations, etc. The preliminary leaves of advertisements for other books from the same publishers have their own additional interest.
American Imprints 52683; Sabin 71961. This edition not in Palau. Publisher's pebbled brown cloth bindings: black tape at top of one spine and onto the covers. Bindings show modest wear, publisher's paper spine labels slightly chipped; text blocks slightly skewed in bindings and light waterstaining in lower inner margins of vol. I. ExÂ–social club library: 19th-century bookplate, call number on endpaper, pressure-stamp on title-page, no other markings. (28891)
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