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AUCTION 20

5. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. Obras históricas de Huberto H. Bancroft, su relación con el progreso y porvenir de México [wrapper title]. [San Francisco]: [printer’s slug on back wrap] Imprenta de A. L. Bancroft y Compañia, [1900?]. 31 [1] pp., double-page lithograph map with original green shading: El Mundo: La parte blanca representa los estados del Pacífico (neat line to neat line: 17.2 x 25.4 cm). 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Wrappers detached, slight marginal chipping, moderate staining from staples throughout.

     This work is a puff piece promoting the utility and appropriateness of Bancroft’s monumental history to the Mexican populace, who are urged to buy this work not only for historical knowledge but also for self-improvement. It is even argued in one place that Bancroft’s English is superior even to Irving or Addison for those wishing to learn English. Not being a totally insensitive marketing fool, Bancroft tastefully leaves Texas off his map and shows only the old Spanish Southwest from New Mexico west. The last page is a schedule of the 39 volumes and the various binding styles in which they were available. ($75-150)

Sold. Hammer: $75.00; Price Realized: $88.13

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