[HISTORIES]. BALBONTÍN, Manuel. La invasion Americana. 1846 à 1848. Apuntes del subteniente de artilleria Manuel Balbontín. Mexico City: Tip. de Gonzalo A. Esteva, San Juan de Letrán, núm. 6, 1883. [1-9] 10-137 [1, blank],  pp., 4 folded lithograph maps, 2 of which have contemporary hand coloring:  Croquis de las fortificaciones de Monterrey...;  Croquis de la batalla de la Angostura;  Croquis de la accion de Padierna...;  Croquis del combate de Churubusco. 8vo (21.3 x 15 cm), early twentieth-century full red Mexican sheep, spine gilt with raised bands, with original blue printed upper wrapper bound in (lower wrapper lacking). Wrapper soiled, holed, and slightly chipped, half title soiled, some of the maps wrinkled, lightly soiled, or chipped. Signed ink presentation on half title to Alberto Jiménes from José Osorio Mondragón, September 27, 1910.
First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 7: “This is one of the better written works on the Mexican side of war.” Connor & Faulk 536: “One of the earliest serious histories of the war published in Mexico, well balanced and important for first-hand observations.” Haferkorn, p. 9. Harper 12:421: “One of the first serious histories of the War between Mexico and the United States to be published in Mexico. It remains one of the best balanced and is a very important source for the history of the war.” Howes B54. Palau 22326.
His narrative starts on July 26, 1846, just before the Battle of Monterrey and ends on September 18, 1847, with the government and army in retreat at Querétaro: “Así terminó la infausta campaña del Valle de Mexico.” This is written in the form of diary, an unusual treatment of the war. Some of the entries are extensive; others, quite brief (e.g., “No hubo movimiento”). Obviously written by an eye-witness participant; his remarks on military aspects of the war are, as one might expect, expert and precise.
Balbontín (1824-1894) was a career military officer who fought in the Mexican-American War and also against Maximilian. He was captured at the Battle of Monterrey but soon exchanged.
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