JEAN-BAPTIST MALLAT DE BASSILAN
Jean-Baptiste MALLAT de Bassilan. Les Philippines histoire, géographie, moeurs agriculture, industrie et commerce... Atlas. Paris: Arthus Bertrand, . Atlas volume only (without the 2 text vols), 2° (48.5 x 32.5cm). Letterpress title and list of plates leaf. Large folding engraved map, hand-coloured in outline, 10 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates by Bayot on five leaves, seven engraved maps or plans on 4 leaves, one folding lithographed leaf of music. (Occasional very light marginal soiling.) Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards (spine and extremities rubbed).
A RARE work, rarely seen at auction. The ethnographical/historical costume plates by Bayot, printed by Lemercier, are particularly fine; they consist of a single group portrait of Villabos, Legaspi and Magellan, 6 ethnographical portraits and three costume plates, all of inhabitants of the Philippines. The maps include the large general map of the Philippines, followed by detailed maps and plans of various locations within the islands, ending with a plan of Manila, the sheet music is titled "Comintang de la Conquista".