1859 · Nueva York
A native of the Panamanian isthmus, Arosemena studied canon law in the 1840s at the Seminario Conciliar Aquidiocesano in Bogota and later continued his studies in Rome. In the early 1850s he served as a Liberal politician, at home; and in 1855 he decided to be one of the first Colombians, if not the first, to write an account of travel to the Middle East and more particularly to the Holy Land — so he set out from Paris to do just that.
Why his account was printed in New York is not explained, but => it is probable that he was in exile. There seems to be no other edition of the work. One suspects Arosemena bore all of the publication costs, meaning the print run was small, chiefly for friends, family, and a few others. This would also explain why only five U.S. (NYPL, UChicago, UKansas, Harvard, Vanderbilt) and seven foreign institutions (Oxford, Universidad Pontifica del Peru, British Library, Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, Institute Catholique de Paris, the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia) report ownership of the work (as per WorldCat).
Not in Palau. Publisher's blind-embossed brown bead-textured cloth, covers with central oval containing a blind-stamped kneeling figure (which it is tempting to see as Christ in the Garden of Gethsemene); spine faded. A label carelessly removed from front free endpaper. Light foxing to fore-edges. Otherwise, very good. (Inventory #: 38585)