SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Recuerdos de Lima. Álbum. Tipos, Trajes y Costumbres Dibujados.

A rare costume book depicting the people of Peru. The artist and publisher A.A. Bonnaffé (1820–1870) was a native of France who appears to have lived for a time in Lima. The city was, of course, a port-of-call for vessels sailing around the Horn. Bonnaffé’s vivid color plate books doubtless made splendid souvenirs for visitors. This is the first of two volumes of lithographs of Lima subjects published by Bonnaffé in 1856 and 1857.

Lima: (Perú), 1857.
Bobins I # 3; not in Colas or Lipperheide; Hilier p.101.
XL=elephant folio
Lima: (Perú), 1857.

[Memories of Lima. Album. Types, Costumes, and Customs Drawn.] RARE. Large folio (14" x 20") original blue pebbled cloth with gilt lettering on front and blind-stamped borders on both boards; 12 hand- coloured lithographed plates, printed in Paris. No text, no title page (as issued). Beautiful and scarce costume plates of Peruvian citizens, including dancers, smokers, watermelon vendors, bread and milk, the elite, et al. Plates are dated in the lithographs 1855-56. Lithographs by E. Prugue from original drawings by Bonnaffe. French translation in each lower margin. There are two series of this Album, one printed in 1856 and one in 1857; this is the rarest and much sought-after series. A fine hand-coloured set of Peruvian costume plates. Coloured plates in order: 1. La Zamacueca. 2. La Zamba. 3. El Capeador. 4. Chorrillos. 5. El Panadero. 6. La Plazera. 7. El Arriero. 8. La Chichera. 9. El Aguador. 10. La Lechera. 11. El Velero. 12. La Caleza.