AUCTION 23

 
 

Mexican Railroad from Veracruz to Mexico City

With Excellent Plates and Map

 
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26. BAZ, Gustavo & E[duardo] L. Gallo. History of the Mexican Railway Wealth of Mexico, in the Region Extending from the Gulf to the Capital of the Republic, Considered in its Geological, Agricultural, Manufacturing and Commercial Aspect: With Scientific, Historical and Statistical Notes by Gustavo Baz & E.L. Gallo. Translated into English by George F. Henderson. Mexico: Gallo & Co Editors [title page verso: Printing Office of F. Escalante, Bajos S. Agustin Street.—Mexico], 1876. [5-8] 9-211 [1, blank] pp., 34 lithographs by Iriarte, most after the designs of S. Hernández, including full-color illustrated title, remainder on tinted grounds; folded uncolored lithograph map: Plan and Profile of the Mexican Railway and Former Project of Colonel Talcott C.E. (33.5 x 48.5 cm; below neat line at left: Lit. de H. Iriarte). Folio (38.5 x 27.3 cm), original dark brown cloth gilt lettered on upper cover (Scientific, Historical and Statistical Notes on Mexico), neatly rebacked in dark brown cloth, spine gilt lettered, new hinges and endsheets. Corners bumped and some edge wear, text block partly split at p. 93 with some signatures starting. Text and plates very good except for ink ownership stamp of the Mercantile Library of New York on title and on some plates and text (discreetly placed at corners). Old ink accession number and label on title page. The book is often found incomplete, but this copy has all the plates and map, all of which are quite fresh and in good impressions.

     First edition in English (first edition, Mexico, 1874). Mathes, Mexico on Stone (citing the first edition). pp. 41: “A high point”; 47 (illustrated); 99 (cited in bibliography); 64 (Iriarte; Llano y Compañía); 65 (Salazar). Railway Economics, p. 339. A full and straightforward translation of the original.

     This volume was compiled to celebrate the completion of the Mexican Railway from Veracruz on the Atlantic Coast to Mexico City, high and deep in the interior. The project had taken some fifteen years from the initial surveys in 1857 to the official inauguration on January 1, 1871. The text follows the route with detailed descriptive, historic, scientific, and anecdotal accounts of the cities and areas passed, including branch lines to Jalapa and Puebla. The handsome plates—with the exception of two compilations of portraits of the line’s engineers and projectors—depict scenery and construction activity. Most notable is the stunning aerial view of Mexico City. 

($2,000-4,000)

Sold. Hammer: $2,000.00; Price Realized: $2,450.00.

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