ULLOA, ANTONIO DE. 1716-1795; and JORGE JUAN. 1713-1773
A Voyage to South America. Describing at large, the Spanish cities, towns, provinces, &c. on that extensive continent. Interspersed throughout with reflexions on whatever is peculiar in the religion and civil policy; in the genius, customs, manners, dress, &c. &c. of the several Inhabitants; whether natives, Spaniards, Creoles, Indians, Mulattoes, or Negroes. Together with the natural as well as commercial history of the country. And an account of their gold and silver mines. Undertaken by command of the King of Spain,
London: L. Davis and C. Reymers, 1760. 2 vols; 8vo. (8 x 5 inches). ii-xx, 4pp, 498pp.; 4pp, 410pp. 18 pp. 7 folding maps and plates.
Bound to style in half calf binding with 18th-centurt marble boards.
Revised second edition of the English translation of an account of a voyage to South America by two Spanish Captains, Jorge Juan y Santacilia (1713-1773) and Antonio de Ulloa (1716-1795).
Both Captains were skilled in mathematics, astronomy and navigation, and were selected to join Charles-Marie de la Condamine (1701-1774) on a scientific voyage to South America initiated by the French Académie des Sciences in 1735. Besides assisting in the scientific expedition and providing military assistance against the British, they did considerable scientific research themselves. The books describes their journey, while commenting extensively on all the places they visited, with remarks on the native inhabitants, geography, flora, fauna, climate, trade, etc. Among the many areas and cities they visited are Cartagena, Porto Bello, Panama, Guayaquil, Quito, Lima, Chili and Paita.
ESTC T138368; Howgego, to 1800, J33 and U3; Palau 125477; Sabin 36813.