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AUCTION 22

 

“Classic Book on Mexico”—Aquatints & Lithos after Lady Emily Elizabeth Swinburne Ward


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554.     WARD, H[enry] G[eorge]. Mexico in 1827 by H.G. Ward, Esq. His Majesty’s Chargé d’Affaires in that Country during the Years 1825, 1826, and Part of 1827. In Two Volumes. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street [colophons: London: Printed by S. and R. Bentley, Dorset Street, Fleet Street], 1828. [iii-v] vi-xix [1], [1-3] 4-591 [1] + [iii-v] vi-viii, [1-3] 4-730 pp., 13 plates (5 folding): 10 aquatints (1 with original hand coloring), 3 lithographs, 5 wood-engraved text illustrations, 2 folding engraved maps (see below), tables in text. 2 vols., contemporary three-quarter olive green sheep over marbled boards, gilt-lettered black spine label, raised bands with rolled gilt decorations, edges sprinkled. Wants half titles and two pages of ads at end of Vol. II called for by Streeter. Spines lightly chipped at extremities, general moderate shelf wear, corners bumped, boards rubbed. Hinges starting but firm. Interior with scattered light to moderate foxing (including plates). First map professionally backed with archival paper; very fine save for very mild offsetting, neat repairs at juncture with book and at fold. Second map with moderate offsetting and a few splits at folds (no losses). Overall a good copy, with all the plates and the two maps, with engraved armorial bookplates of Albert R. Graves and his shelf mark in ink on each plate.

Maps:

Mexico. Engraved by Sidy. Hall, Bury Strt. Bloomsby. [below neat line] London, Published by Henry Colburn, New Burlington Strt. April, 1828 Engraved by Sidy. Hall, Bury Strt. Bloomsby. Neat line to neat line: 53.7 x 67.5 cm.

Map of Routes to the Principal Mining Districts in the Central States of Mexico [below neat line] London, Published by Henry Colburn, New Burlington Strt. April 1828 Engraved by Sidy. Hall, Bury Strt. Bloomsby. Neat line to neat line: 40.3 x 55.5 cm.

Plates:

Mexico. From the Azotea of the House of H. M’s Mission, San Cosme [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. T.M. Baynes lithog. Uncolored folded lithograph.

Agave Mexicana [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Pub: by H. Colburn, London, 1828. J. Clark, sculp. Uncolored aquatint.

Canada de Marfil, Entry to Guanaxuato [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Pub: by H. Colburn, London, 1828. J. Clark, sculp. Uncolored folded aquatint.

Puente del Rey [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Pub: by H. Colburn, London, 1828. J. Clark, sculp. Uncolored aquatint.

Collegiate Church, of Nuestra Senora de Guadaloupe [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. T.M. Baynes lithog. Uncolored lithograph.

View of the Town of Jalapa, with the Coffre de Perote [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Published by H. Colburn, London, 1828. On Stone by W. Gauci [below title] Printed by Engelmann & Co. Uncolored folded lithograph.

Chapultepec [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Pub: by H. Colburn London, 1828. J. Clark, sculp. Uncolored aquatint.

Hacienda de Chapingo [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Pub: by H. Colburn, London, 1828. J. Clark, sculp. Uncolored folded aquatint.

An Arastre, or Crushing Mill [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Pub: by H. Colburn, London, 1828. J. Clark, sculp. Uncolored aquatint.

The Galeria of the Hacienda de Salgado [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Pub: by H. Colburn, London, 1828. J. Clark, sculp. Uncolored folded aquatint.

Patio of the Hacienda de Salgado [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Pub: by H. Colburn, London, 1828. J. Clark, sculp. Uncolored folded aquatint.

The Ascent to Catorce [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Pub: by H. Colburn, London, 1828. J. Clark, sculp. Uncolored folded aquatint.

Interior of an Indian Hut, El Bozal [below image] Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward. Pub: by H. Colburn, London, 1828. J. Clark, sculp. Hand-colored aquatint which includes an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe hanging on the wall.

     First edition. Abbey 688. Hill (second edition) 1826: “During his appointment as British chargé d’affaires in Mexico from 1825 to 1827, Ward collected the data for this firsthand account of the political and social climate of Mexico at the time.” Mayer, Poblaciones mexicanas, planos y panoramas, siglos XVI al XIX, p. 123 (illustrated). Palau 374005. Prideaux, pp. 257, 355 (incorrectly calling for 18 plates). Raines, p. 215. Sabin 101302. Streeter 1104:

I had some hesitation in including here this classic book on Mexico as the main reason for its inclusion, General Arthur G. Wavell’s account of Texas in Appendix B of Volume II, which oddly enough is given at pages 547-559 of Volume I, occupies such a small part of the whole. However, I hope the rarity of accounts of Texas in the 1820s makes its inclusion worth while. A minor reason is its inclusion of Simon H.G. Bourne’s account of Sonora and Cinaloa, which is referred to in the note to Bourne’s Observations, London, 1828 (entry No. 1099). General Wavell was a grandfather of Field Marshall Sir Archibald Wavell who was so prominent in World War II…. Ward has some interesting comments on Texas at pages 585-590 of Volume II. Ward first arrived at Mexico as a member of a British commission at the end of 1823 and was later chargé there.

     The London Literary Gazette on January 7, 1832 (No. 781, p. 62) remarked of Ward’s book: “The most systematic and complete work of which we are in possession respecting Mexico.” One overlooked feature of this beautiful and important book is the first map listed above, which is much more than the title Mexico might imply. This map of Mexico by Sidney Hall includes the entire Transmississippi West and Texas. The map is skillfully engraved and makes a good addition to any collection of maps on Texas and the West (not in Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West). It is somewhat similar to the great Humboldt map of New Spain. An aside: Another map by Sidney Hall (not in the present work) entitled Mexico and Guatimala Corrected from original information communicated by…Bourne, Esq. (London, 1828; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West #381) which appeared in Hall’s New General Atlas (London, 1830) is sometimes said to be the first published map to incorporate Stephen Austin’s cartographical knowledge of the region.

     The exquisite plates were created from the original art work of the author’s wife, Lady Emily Elizabeth Swinburne Ward (1798-1882), who also illustrated the portfolio, Six Views of the Most Important Towns, and Mining Districts, upon the Table Land of Mexico. Drawn by Mrs. H.G. Ward (London: Henry Colburn, 1829). “It is interesting to see the presence of aquatints and lithographs together in the book, and to notice, as Prideaux suggests, the superiority of the aquatints” (Abbey).

($750-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $900.00

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