Rare Earthquake book, Lozano, Pedro; A True and Particular Relation of the Dreadful Earthquake Which happen'd at Lima, the Capital of Peru...1746.
Item Number: Book 551-b
Lozano, Pedro; A True and Particular Relation of the Dreadful Earthquake Which happen'd at Lima, the Capital of Peru, and the neighbouring Port of Callao, on the 28th of October, 1746... To which is added, A Description of Callao and Lima before their Destruction. 1st English edition, London Printed for T. Osborne 1748. Quarto, pp. xxiii, , 341, [3 pages of ads. Copper engraved folding frontispiece map, 3 folding copper engraved plans, 5 folding copper engraved plates.
The work is complete and in a full early 20th century polished calf with raised bands and gilt titles. The binding is tight and very clean, early penned notes on original end sheet. The text, plates and map are very clean. A rare work on earthquakes in very good condition.
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This work has been attributed to the Jesuit Priest Pedro Lozano;with the translation being completed by Henry Johnson. In the work the author describes the massive earthquake of 1746 which devastated a large region. It was the strongest and deadliest quake to hit Peruntil 1970. The earthquake caused massive destruction, killed thousands of people and virtually wiped out Callao, a sea-port town, just south of Lima. Most of the deaths in Callao were caused by a large tsunami generated by the earthquake. A British sailing vessel in the port was washed two miles inland. The folding map shows the country around Lima, with Callao just to the south, a plan of the road from Lima to Callao, a plan of the town of Callao (as it was before the earthquake), a plan of the city of Lima, and several plates of the indigenous population accompany the work. Also included is an historical account of Callao and Lima, and of Peru in general with information on the people, their manners, customs, religion, government, commerce, etc. Appended is an account of the earthquake in Jamaica in 1692 which destroyed the pirate city of Port Royal.