Peru's Geographic Atlas

by Mariano Felipe Paz Soldán

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Portada AtlasPontifical Catholic University of Peru

The Peru's Geographic Atlas

The illustrious peruvian Mariano Felipe Paz-Soldán (1821-1886) was born in Arequipa. He was a geographer and historian. His cartographic work is considered to be the most relevant of Peru in the 19th century.

This Atlas brings us closer to the imagined construction of the nation-state, from a geographical, administrative and political point of view. Due to its scale and the exceptional quality of its lithographic printing, it can be considered a monumental and emblematic work of Peru at that time.

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Plaza Mayor de Lima y Palacio ArzobispalPontifical Catholic University of Peru

Plaza mayor de Lima and Palacio Arzobispal

Paris. 1863, F. Delamare

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Vista General de LimaPontifical Catholic University of Peru

General view of Lima

Paris. 1864, F. Delamare

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Paseo de la Alameda de los descalzosPontifical Catholic University of Peru

"Alameda de los descalzos" promenade

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Vista de la calle de los mercaderesPontifical Catholic University of Peru

Mercaderes street view

Paris. 1863, F. Delamare

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Vista de la torre de Santo DomingoPontifical Catholic University of Peru

View of Santo Domingo tower

Paris. 1863, F. Delamare

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Vista de IquiquePontifical Catholic University of Peru

 View of Iquique

Paris. 1863, F. Delamare

It consists of 70 large color plates, of which 17 represent the maps of the departments, 28 plans and 27 are panoramic views of cities. Added to this is a vast bibliography.

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Un Indio, From the collection of: Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
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Atlas Geográfico del Perú Dos indias, From the collection of: Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
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After 150 years, the Instituto Francés de Estudios Andinos (IFEA), with the intention of publishing the facsimile edition of Mariano Paz Soldán's Atlas of 1865, was able to find the only complete copy in the library of the Instituto Riva-Agüero, after tracing various bibliographic repositories in Lima.

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Plano topográfico de la ciudad de PiscoPontifical Catholic University of Peru

Topographic plane of Pisco city

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Plano topográfico de la ciudad del CallaoPontifical Catholic University of Peru

Topographic plane of Callao city

Atlas Geográfico del Perú Croquis del trazo probable de FerrocarrilPontifical Catholic University of Peru

Probable line of the railway sketch

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Content: Biblioteca del Instituto Riva-Agüero 

Photographs: Biblioteca del Instituto Riva-Agüero 

References: 
Paz Soldán, M. F. (1865). Atlas geográfico del Perú. París: Librería de Fermin Didot Hermanos, Hijos y Ca. Impresores del Instituto de Francia.

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