[Buenos Aires, Argentina: Arrufana Garrido, Ortiz & Cia.], 1895. [80]pp., including photographic illustrations and printed advertisements. Oblong 12mo. Original pebbled red cloth tooled in blind and gilt. Boards somewhat rubbed and worn, corners worn, rear hinge separated but binding still sturdy. Text moderately tanned and with a persistent stain in the lower outer corner. Good plus. Item #WRCAM57189

An interesting gift book from Arrufana, Garrido, & Ortiz, an importing company which operated in Buenos Aires during the 1890s. Each leaf contains a black-and-white photographic illustration of a scene from Buenos Aires or its surroundings on the recto with an advertisement (mostly in Spanish) printed in cyan on the verso. Among the photos of cities and dramatic landscapes are also more intimate images, including several of outdoor markets, one of a ranching family outside their straw-roofed home with their livestock, and a portrait of a family of Toba people, one of Argentina's largest indigenous groups. The illustrations, after photographs by Arturo W. Boote, are attributed to Gunche, Wiebeck, y Turtl, whose photoprinting and lithography office in Buenos Aires (advertised in this volume) printed photographs for a number of works, as well as maps of Argentina, Chile, and the surrounding areas of South America around the turn of the 20th century. The advertisements, some illustrated, offer a wide array of goods and services from firearms to pocket watches to steamboat travel. One advertisement, for a restaurant specializing in French and German cuisine, is printed side by side in Spanish and German; the text is generally the same, although the German side has an additional line that reads "Mit allem comfort der Neuzeit," which might suggest a certain outlook of European visitors towards other establishments in the city. More than just a souvenir, this gift book's variety of photos both posed and candid, rural and urban, along with its breadth of advertisements, make it a fascinating window into Argentina at the end of the 19th century. Not located on OCLC.

Price: $850.00