The Rarest Edition of Bullock’s Mexico, with Two Added Plates

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58. BULLOCK, William. [Text] Le Mexique en 1823, ou Relation d’un voyage dans la Nouvelle-Espagne, contenant des notions exactes et peu connues sur la situation physique, morale et politique de ce pays; accompagné d’un atlas de vingt planches; par M. Beulloch [sic, i.e. Bullock] Propriétaire du Musée mexicaine établi à Londres; Ouvrage traduit de l’Anglais par M*** Précédé d’une introduction...par Sir John Byerley. Vol. I: [4], [i] ii-iii [1, blank], [i] ii-lxxii, [1] 2-364 pp.; Vol. II: [4], [1] 2-368, 359-360 (pp. 369 & 370 misnumbered) [1, errata] [1, blank] pp.; [Atlas] Atlas historique pour servir au Mexique en 1823, avec l’explication des planches. Paris: Alexis-Eymery, 1824. [7] 8-11 [1, blank] pp., 19 lithograph plates (views, costumes, archaeology, artifacts, ethnology) by Jean-Henri Marlet (after his own work and that of William Bullock, Jr.—the author’s son- S.E. Boquet, Emil Brisou, Prosper Lépinoy), including frontispiece portrait and one folded view, plus 2 folded maps; all plates and maps in full color or with slight tinting: [1] Plan de l’ancienne Ville de Mexico... (neat line to neat line: 42 x 30.1 cm); [2] Plan de la Ville de Mexico dressé sur les Lieux par le Colonel, Comte Don Diego Garcia 1824 (neat line to neat line: 30.6 x 34.5 cm). Text: 2 vols., recent half dark green morocco over green cloth, spine with raised bands and brown and red spine labels. Atlas: Oblong 4to, bound to match text vols. (B. Vera, binder). Text with minor, light water staining to a few blank margins, one neat early repair to a blank margin of one leaf, half title a little stained, otherwise a fine, untrimmed copy. Atlas with a few expert repairs to blank margins, otherwise very fine, good color execution and retention.

    First edition in French (first edition, London, 1824, soon followed by French, German, and Dutch translations). Abbey, Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 667 (plate list; only 6 plates colored). Church 1326. Glass, p. 568. Griffin 3557 (citing English edition). Hill I, p. 364. Hill II:215: “The French editions of both the atlas and the narrative are rarer than the English originals.” Leclerc, Bibliotheca Americana (1867) 159. Palau 37064, 19385 (atlas only). Sabin 9141. With one exception (Canal at Chalco), the lithograph plates in this edition are closely drawn copies of the images in the first edition with the image reversed. Two costume plates were added to this edition: Mexicans de haute classe (Plate 12) and Militaire mexicain | Magistrat mexicain (Plate 13). The second map is based on the remarkable 1807 map of Mexico City by García Conde; see under MAPS herein. The lengthy Appendix in the second half of Vol. II contains official parliamentary discourses relating to recognition of Mexican independence, the Mexican constitution (in Spanish and French), and a two-page list of plants in the Botanical Garden of Mexico City. For more on Bullock, see next  entry.


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