(1716 – 1795) / (1713 – 1773)

Voyage historique de l‘Amérique méridionale fait par ordre du Roi d‘Espagne…Et qui contient une histoire des Yncas du Perou, et les observations astronomiques & physiques, faites pour déterminer la figure & la grandeur de la Terre.

Three parts in two volumes 4° (258×215 mm). [24] incl. front. and titel, 554; [4] incl. front. and titel, 316, [6]; [8], 309, [3] pp. Titles printed in black and red with engraved vignettes, 2 engraved frontispieces, engraved headpieces and 54 engraved plates of which 46 folding. Contemporary mottled calf, spines richly gilt and with two labels each. Somewhat scuffed, else fine. Amsterdam and Leipzig, Arkstée & Merkus, 1752.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Hill, 1740; JCB I, 974; Sabin 36812; Palau 125473.
First French edition of Ulloa‘s and Juan‘s account of the French Geodesic Mission organised by the French Academy of Sciences from Paris, under command of the astronomer Louis Godin, and fellow geographers Charles Marie de La Condamine and Pierre Bouguer. Apart from the geodetic program, the authors report on their visit to the Inca complex in San Agustin de Callo and give here the first scientific description of platinum.The fine plates show the geography of the measurements taken at the meridian, the scientific equipment used, views of the scientists at work, an image of the „aurora australis“ (the first such record), the first city views of Cartagena, Quito, Lima, and others, and 8 plates recording Inca civilisation. [369034].