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EARLY BOLIVIAN TRADE CORRESPONDENCEAn enormous archive of approx. 400 letters, each 2-4pp. 8vo., from Bolivia, 1700's to mid-1800's, untranslated, all concerning colonial life in Bolivia. Most of the letters are addressed to Francisco Ruiz De Sorzano, an important figure in the colonial period in the La Paz area of today's Bolivia. He had important business relations with Peru, and was the owner of lands in what today is the border between Peru and Bolivia. Ruiz de Sorzano was also possibly a descendant of Spanish monarchy. The letters deal with commerce and various historical accounts, undoubtedly filled with important content to historians specializing in Bolivian culture. While many letters still have wax seal remnants, most do not have postal markings meaning they were likely hand-carried in the 1700s. Sorzano's great-great grandson, Jose Luis Tejada Sorzano, would become President of Bolivia during the Chaco War. Should be examined.
Estimate $ 7,000-9,000

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