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Lot 21

21. CAVO, Andres & Carlos María Bustamante. Los tres siglos de México durante el gobierno Español...con notas y suplemento, el Lic. Carlos Maria de Bustamante.... Mexico: Luis Abadiano y Valdés, 1836. Vol. I: [2], 12, [4], 4, 13-281 [1, blank] pp. Vol. II: [2], 185 [1, blank] pp. Vol. III: [2], vii [1, blank], 419 [3 blank] pp. Vol. IV: [2], viii, 281 [1, blank] pp. 4 vols. in 2, 8vo, three-quarter contemporary red Mexican sheep over marbled boards. Bindings rubbed and worn. Titles and a few other leaves with purple ink marking over previous ownership identification. Occasional mild to moderate staining. Uncommon.

     First edition. Barrett 484n. Brunet I:1703. Cowan II, pp. 88-89. Griffin 2283: “An annalistic history of New Spain, from the conquest to 1766. The author was an eighteenth century Jesuit who assembled early material from the Actas de Cabildo and other records and set down contemporary material from his own experience." Palau 50645. Raines, p. 47: "Includes an account of the Presidios and Missions of Texas." Wilgus, pp. 235-236: "A comprehensive volume about Mexico, containing many facts not found elsewhere, disappeared until the nineteenth century when Bustamante found the manuscript which had been written in Roma in 1792.... Cavo, the New Cathlic Encyclopedia said, was...born in Guadalajara, México, in 1739 and died in Roma after 1794... He entered the Jesuit Order in 1758 and was sent to México where he served as a missionary in northwest New Spain."

     The work comprises an early history of Viceregal Mexico as compiled by Cavo, with two added volumes by noted Mexican historian Bustamante, bringing the history up to the post-Independence. In keeping with the thorough research of Bustamante, the work contains important, previously unpublished documentary source material.Ernesto J. Burrus published an edited version at Mexico City in 1949. Wagner cited this work in his bibliography on the Spanish Southwest because it contains information on colonial Texas, California, and New Mexico. For instance, Vol. III contains information on Bernardo de Gálvez, for whom Galveston, Texas, was named. Gálvez aided the colonists during the American Revolution and was “the most direct tie between Spanish officials in Texas and the American revolutionists” (Institute of Texan Cultures, Texas and the American Revolution, pp. 13-17). Vol. III is rich in California and Pacific history, including the establishment of settlements in Alta California in 1769, the Pious Fund, the Nootka Sound Controversy, and the explorations of “Wancouver” (sic). ($250-500)

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