Historia fisica, politica y natural de la Isla de Cuba. Comercio maritimo, Rentas y Gastos, Fuerza Armada, Apéndice (1842) (AND) Introduccion, Geografia, Clima y Estadistica (1848).
Item ID 52558
Paris, Arthus Bertrand, 1838, 1842[-1848]. Two parts in two. Folio (39.2 x 26.0 cm). Tomo I: half-title (to the work), title (to the volume), [I]-LXXIV, -76, title (to the Atlas) -2 pp., tab. II-XI (V, IX folded), I (folding coloured map after Juan de la Cosa), tab. [XII] (2nd folding map, of Cuba in 1841, with parts of the Bahamas and southern Florida), 77-302. Tomo II: title (to the volume), 1-135, -72, 1-2, 3 ll (blank). Uniformly bound in contemporary light brown calf over grained red boards, spine with gilt linings and gilt lettering. Extremely rare publication on Cuba from the mid-19th century, containing 12 beautiful maps, being an overview of the most important early maps of the islands up to very detailed contemporary maps of Cuba and adjacent areas, as well as Havana. There are many details on the history, geography, economy, population, weather and climate. A slightly later French edition in 8vo format also exists. Both are very rare. Written by the Spanish economist, botanist, anarchist, zoologist, prison-reformer, traveller, writer, historian and publisher Ramón de La Sagra (1798-1871). There are no auction records for these two parts in the last 25 years. Scattered, mostly light, sometimes moderate spotting. The "de la Cosa" map with mostly just marginal spotting, one skilful repair. A very good copy. BM(NH) Cat., 1781; Sabin, 242. The vital statistics of Cuba in the mid-19th-century