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AUCTION 19

252. CARRIÓN, Luís.  Curso de explotacion de minas...Texto [with] ...Atlas.   Pachuca:  Tipografía de Pedro Haro Suc., 1889.  Text:  510 pp. (signatures 44 and 45 reversed in binding). 8vo, contemporary brown cloth over black and beige mottled boards, spine lettered in gilt.  Atlas:  [2, title] pp., 30 blueprint plates (technical diagrams and a few maps).  Folio, contemporary brown cloth over black and beige mottled boards, spine gilt lettered and decorated.  Both vols. with small type-written stickers taped to spine and light shelf wear.  Text volume browned due to poor quality paper.  Gold samples splattered on verso of Plate VII and recto of Plate VIII in atlas, otherwise fine.  Very rare.

     First edition (another edition came out in 1903). Not in Palau.  The author was an architect, engineer, and professor at the School of Mines.  This work is a text book for mining students and includes extensive commentary on such things as determining the value of deposits and pumping water from mines.  The author states that he printed the plates as blueprints because the cost of lithography was too high.  This work was clearly directed at those who intended to become professional mining engineers. A rare Mexican mining work in unusual format, of which we trace no other complete copies in the U.S., concerning the rich gold and silver deposits in Pachuca, which have been exploited since 1534.    ($300-600)

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