Extremely rare South American travel book by Pal Rosti
UTI EMLÉKEZETEK AMERIKÁBÓL. By Pál Rosti (Memories of a Trip to America) – In Hungarian language. First edition.
First edition of a travel book written by Pál Rosti, Hungarian naturalist and pioneer photographer in Latin America. In 1857 Rosti traveled to New York. Then he traveled to Venezuela and Mexico, where he photographed the plantations, towns, general scenery, ancient tree at Popotla, and numerous places of interest in Mexico City. In 1861 Rosti published a full account of the tour, “Uti Emlékezetek Amerikából”. The book was lavishly illustrated with lithographs and engravings by Gusztáv Klette, D. Freemann, and Johann Moritz Rugendas. The majority of the lithographs are based on Rosti’s original photographs and rendered by Gustav Klette. Since the limitations of photograph technology of the time, it was impossible to capture moving figures. So, Rosti and/or Klette added human figures to the drawings that were then prepared for making the lithographs.
List of illustrations:
1. Jelenet a chalcoi (Sta. Anita) csatornán Mexicoban…- A scene from the first Chalco (Sta. Anita) channels in Mexico channels in Mexico (eng.) 2. Uti Emlékezetek Amerikából. – Memory of America (eng.) 3. Plaza de Armas (Habanában.). – Plaza de Armas (Havana) (eng.) 4. Caracas. 5. Káve-Ültettvény az araguai völgyben. – Coffee plantation in the Aragua Valley (eng.) 6. El Palmar. 7. San Juan de los Morros. 8. [2 engraved images on a single plate] Plateau of Puebla….and Barranca (Ravine) of Santa Maria with the Heights of Mirador and the Volcano of Orizava… 9. Mexicoi-Lovasok. a chalcoi (Sta. Anita) csatornán Mexicoban… – Mexican Horsemen. Chalco (Sta. Anita) channels in Mexico (eng.) 10. A Székesegyház Mexicoban… – Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City (eng.) 11. Salto de Agua A beleni vizvezeték kutfeje Mexicoba… – Salto de Agua, Fountain (eng.) 12. A Szomorú éj Fája” Popotlában… – Tree of the Sad Night (eng). 13. Dambus erdö Trinidad Szigetén… – Bamboo forest on the Island of Trinidad (eng.) 14. Popocatepetl az amecamecai völgyböl tekintve… – View of Popocatepetl seen from Amecameca (eng.) 15. Pachuca bányaváros Mexicoban… – Pachuca, mining town in Mexico (eng.) 16. A Reglai Zuhatag…
The last auction was at Dorothy Saloan Books: http://www.dsloan.com/Auctions/A23/item-rosti-uti_emlekezetek-1861.html
Pest, Kiadja Heckenast Gusztáv, 1861. 1st Edition
Pp.: /6/ + 198 + /2/ + 15 plates; frontispiece; 25 wood-engraved in-text illustrations.
Size: 35,5 x 29 cm
Binding: Rebound, end of 19th, or beginning of 20th century. Gilt-stamped spine cover. Bumped edges, some scratches, and spots on covers, stained back cover (visible on pictures). Minor damage on spine extremes and spine edges. Original wrappers missing.
Condition: Foxing and minor stains, title page contain inscriptions (“R”, “28”), title page and dedication page have small circular cuts (presumably made in an attempt to remove rubberstamp) restored afterward. Frontispiece and 13 plates have tissue-guards, 2 tissue-guards missing, some tissue-guards are wrinkled.
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