An Account, Historical, Political, and Statistical of the United Provinces of Rio de la Plata:
With an Appendix, concerning the Usurpation of Monte Video by the Portuguese and Brazilian Governments.
First edition in English, simultaneously published in Spanish. Following the signing of a controversial Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation between Britain and the United Provinces, which essentially recognised their independence from Spain, Nuñez was sent to London as secretary to the Legation at the English and French Courts, and immediately published the present work, a comprehensive description of the region. The first part comprised the text of a letter “which was circulated in London in manuscript, and written for the information of the British Ministry … the primary object of this letter [being that] it might contribute to supply the want of information perceptible in the countries of Europe relative to that part of America. The letter gives a brief but perspicacious idea of the origin of the insurrection against Spain, the political constitution of the country, and its progress in the march of civilisation” (Introduction). The second part offers a digest of the more immediate history of the region and a “collection of statistical particulars, and geographical notices of all the towns of the United Provinces [together with] a slight explanation by way of conclusion, concerning the disputes with Portugal and Brazil, relative to that place”. A pencilled note to the front free endpaper records that this copy was “From Lord Metcalfe’s Library”, while a neat later bookplate to the front pastedown shows it to have belonged to John Fair, a merchant banker, whose investments in railways had much to do with the expansion and modernisation of Buenos Aires. Attractive, and similarly provenanced.
Octavo (210 128 mm). Contemporary calf, dark tan morocco label, flat spine, compartments formed by a decorative roll, gilt with attractive arabesqued foliate tools to the compartments, single fillet gilt panel to the boards, milled edge-roll in blind, edges sprinkled brown. Large folding lithographic frontispiece map printed on thick paper, coloured in outline, of the Plata, Parana, Uruguay and Grande rivers, lithographic plan of Buenos Aires. A little rubbed, particularly on the joints, the front just starting, hinges sound despite the weight of the frontispiece map, and the contents clean. A very good copy.
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