By: Jean Alexandre Buchon
Date: 1825 (Published) Paris
Dimensions: 18.5 x 24.5 inches (47 cm x 62 cm)
This handsome antique map by Buchon depicts Perou (Peru) as it was known to Westerners in 1825. The map was published almost immediately following the campaigns of independence from Spain in South America led by Simon Bolivar and José de San Martín, both of whom are credited with the liberation of Peru from Spain.
The coastline is described in detail, including countless ports at river deltas. The Andes run the full length of Peru north to south, parallel to the coastline, and are beautifully detailed. Lake Titicaca, straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes is one of South America’s largest lakes, and the world’s highest navigable body of water. It is said to be the birthplace of the Incas and is home to numerous ruins. In its vicinity are national reserves sheltering rare aquatic wildlife such as giant frogs.
Buchon based his work on Carey & Lea's famous 1822-3, "A complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas", however, Buchon's work incorporated the latest geographical information of the day. The work is hand colored, and surrounded on three sides by text in French which describes the history of Peru, its landscape, climate, minerals, important routes and mountain passes, military organizations, religion, etc. Peru’s commerce is described, as is the history of the government. Populations for cities and for the country in general are noted.
Condition: This map is in A condition, with even toning and some light offsetting.
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