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AUCTION 19

119. MAZARREDO [Y] SALAZAR [MUÑATONES Y GORTÁZAR], José de. Instrucciones y señales para el regimen y maniobras de escuadra. Dispuestas por el Excelentísmo Señor D. Joseph de Mazarredo Salazar. Adaptado para el úso de las Academias Naúticas de la República de México, segun lo Ordenado por su primer Presidente D. Guadalupe Victoria....Mexico,  1825. [2], 1-168, [2], 170-172 [1 blank], 54 [Corrección a las señales de táctica....] pp. (commencing at p. 170, even numbers on rectos), engraved vignette of Mexican eagle on title, 2 folded typographical tables (nautical instructions), 23 copper-engraved plates (naval maneuvers). 8vo, contemporary brown Mexican sheep over tan, beige, and sepia mottled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt.  Head of spine chipped (missing about 1 cm), binding rubbed, moderate shelf wear, lower joint with small crack at foot, small, uniform light to moderate foxing, pages 49 to 50 of Corrección wanting outer fourth of leaf (costing some text). Contemporary ink stencil ownership of Manuel Yuda.

     First Mexican edition of a classic Spanish work of naval warfare originally published in Spain in the late eighteenth century, here revised to suit the needs of the newly established Mexican Navy and Academy after independence from Spain.  This work is a useful adjunct for studying Mexican naval strategy during the Texas Revolution, the Pastry War, and the Mexican-American War. Sabin 75587. Palau does not list this edition, but see 159179-159190 for editions published in Spain, Cartagena, Havana, and elsewhere.  Mazarredo (1745-1812), a prominent Spanish naval officer, was disgraced after he cooperated with the French government following their conquest of Spain, although he died before the restoration of Spanish rule. ($400-800)

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