Civilized Indian wearing a Poncho.[PlateXVII.]
Hand-coloured stipple. 323 x 222mm. 12¾ x 8¾". some creasing.
A civilized Indian clad in the poncho, the dress of the Indians of Peru before their subjugation by the Spaniards. From "The Present State of Peru: Comprising of is Geography, Topography...&c.&c....and Embellished by Twenty Engravings of Costumes, &c". This book was meant to be an extract of the reports of Father Manuel Sobreviela (who explored the Huallaga River from 1787 to 1790) and Narciso Girbal y Barcelo (who explored the Marañon and Ucayali rivers in 1791), which appeared in El Mercurio peruano, a newspaper begun in Lima in 1791. However, the compiler was unfamiliar with Spanish and the translation is suspect.
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