Atlas geografico del Peru
Paris, Libreria del Fermin Didot. 1865
(not in Phillips but compare Phillips atlases 2769; not in Sabin but compare Sabin 59326)
Gran folio: (paper 51x41 cm); contemporary boards. Title on spine
45 (folding) maps; 27 plates & photolithographic images on 67 numbered sheets plus 6 extra numbered sheets. Includes general map of Peru and the large folding view of Arequipa.
This atlas is to be considered a proofprint, preceding the two first editions, printed before the government subsidy was given and the first edition was printed : one in Spanish, the other in French.
The proof edition is characterised by a rustic manner of binding, one title page only (two in the first edition), in black and white (red and black in first edition); 11 maps (map 2;5;7;17;30;36;39) and plates printed in colour (black and white in the first edition), no text (whereas the first edition has 82 lvs of text). This proof edition of the atlas is printed for the Libreria de Fermin Didot hermanos, by the Impresores del Instituto de Francia (title page).
The first edition does have two title pages. The first is the same text as the title page of this proofprint, but with different type and in two colours (black & red). The first edition has an additional title page which shows this to be the official edition as it is dedicated to the Presidente y gran libertador Ramon Castilla, and this edition is printed at the expense of the Government of Peru. On this second title page the atlas is printed for the Libreria de Agusto Durand and is printed by Ad. Laine and Y Lavard. So a different bookshop that orders the printing and a different printer!! This first edition does have 82 leaves of text, but the maps are printed in B/W only. The map on mineralogy and two plates at the end however ARE in colour.