Izcue y Arias (Firm) Records
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Izcue y Arias (Firm) was an 18th to 19th-century merchantile firm in Lima, Peru, partnered by Francisco Xavier de Iscue and Damaso de Arias.
The collection consists of 15 bound volumes (1786-1842) of commercial records/transactions from the Lima (Peru) merchantile firm of Izcue y Arias. The records span one of the most turbulent epochs in Peru's history, beginning with the establishment of the Bourbon intendencies in 1784 through ultimate independence in 1824--and so provide insight into the commerce of a struggling South American nation. Bound in vellum with moderate soiling on covers; some volumes with pronounced worming.
The following is a volume by volume description of contents: Volume 1 (1786-1799), invoice and log book focusing on the Rio de la Plata trade; Volume 2 (1786-1816), account book, including lists of deliveries and outstanding client accounts; Volume 3 (1790-1793), merchant borrador or letter copybook, with references to the China trade, shipping issues, etc.; Volume 4 (1790-1793), rough listing of accounts, schedules of goods sold, paid receipts; Volume 5 (1791-1796), letter copybook with majority of content being letters to Spain; Volume 6 (1791-1794) account book, listing good sold, client invoice totals, and smaller receipts, with some deductions for expenses; Volume 7 (1793-1798) self-styled "diario" of goods sold, providing a running list of outstanding accounts, most marked (later?) as paid; Volume 8 (1793-1799), borrador or letter copybook [much worming that prevents use of last quarter of volume], filled with letters to Spain, discussing politics and future plans for partnership; Volume 9 (1795-1799), account book, listing goods sold, some marked as being sold to concerns in Chile; Volume 10 (1798-1807), warehouse log book, listing accounts pertinent to firm's warehouse, denoting clients and invoices paid; Volume 11 (1798-1811), account book, with thumb-indexed list of clients, followed by additional listing of accounts; Volume 12 (1816-1817), account book, focusing on expenses of various voyages and "petty cash" records; Volume 13 (1818-1824), letter copybook, with thumb-indexed list of clients with locations, followed by collection of letters on independence movement, shipwreck losses, etc.; Volume 14 (1818-1820), similar to #13, with more emphasis on letters throughout current and former Spanish holdings in the Americas; Volume 15 (1837-1842), letter copybook, with much on the trade and political situation in South America.
The volumes are arranged in chronological order.
Purchased from William Reese Company in December 2008 (AM2009-64).
No appraisal information is available.
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Focuses on the Rio de la Plata TradePhysical Description
IncludesLists of Deliveries and Outstanding Client AccountsPhysical Description
Letter Copybook, with References to the China Trade, Shipping Issues, etc.Physical Description
Majority of content being letters to SpainPhysical Description
Listing of goods sold, client invoice totals, and smaller receipts with some deductions for expensesPhysical Description
List goods solds with running list of outstanding accounts, most marked as paidPhysical Description
Letter copybook filled with letters to Spain discussing politics and future plans for partnershipPhysical Description
List of goods sold, some marked as being sold to concerns in ChilePhysical Description
List of accounts pertinent to firm's warehouse, denoting clients and invoices paid.Physical Description
Thumb-indexed list of clients, followed by additional list of accounts.Physical Description
Focuses on expenses of various voyages and "petty cash" recordsPhysical Description
Thumb-indexed listof clients with locations, followed by collection of letterson independence movement, shipwreck losses, etc.Physical Description
Similar to #13, with more emphasis on letters throughout current and former Spanish holdings in the AmericasPhysical Description
Contains much on the trade and political situation in South AmericaPhysical Description