9 June 2004
FUNES, Gregorio (1749-1830). Ensayo de la historia civil del Paraguay, Buenos-Ayres y Tucuman. Buenos Aires: M.J. Gandarillas, 1816-17.
3 volumes, 8o (195 x 132 mm). Half-title. Engraved portrait in vol. I. Late 19th-century brown half morocco, top edges gilt (joints rubbed). Provenance: Louis de Mendeville (signatures on flyleaves); Biblioteque du Pontiarno (label on half-title in vol. III).
FIRST EDITION. This work, composed from original documents, is a very important locally produced history of Buenos Aires and the surrounding area. It is also the first history of Argentina written by a native author. Funes published one of the earliest newspapers in the region, and was a major figure in the revolution in Argentina. LeClerc 1739; Palau 95861; Sabin 26211. (3)
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