With an Exceptionally Fine Colton Map of Mexico

A Positive Dissertation on U.S.-Mexican Relations

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586. ABBOT, Gorham D[ummer]. Mexico, and the United States; Their Mutual Relations and Common Interests. By Gorham D. Abbott, LL.D. With Portraits on Steel of Juarez and Romero, and Colored Maps. New York: G.P. Putnam & Son, 661 Broadway [title verso: The Trow & Smith Book Manufacturing Co., 46, 48, 50 Greene St., N.Y.] 1869. [i-iii], iv-xvi, [1] 2-391 [1, blank pp., 2 steel-engraved plates (portraits of Benito Juárez and Matías Romero), 2 maps (see below). 8vo (23.7 x 15.8 cm), original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt with decorative lyre and publisher device, upper cover with gilt seal of Mexico. Spine chipped at extremities, corners bumped with some exposure, covers lightly stained, offsetting from portraits on title and p. 175, scattered foxing; interior generally fine, Colton map pristine. Contemporary ink signature of Hughes Oliphant dated at Mexico, May 30, 1881.


COLTON, G[eorge] W[oolworth] & C[harles] B. Mexico and the United States and Their Mutual Relations. Prepared by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. 172 William St. New York. [advertisement in small oval at lower left] Maps of Every Description Prepared and the Largest Assortment of Atlases & Maps Etc. in the Country at Colton’s Geographical Estabt. G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. New York. Lithograph map (Mexico, most of Texas, the Borderlands, Belize, and northern Guatemala), printed on banknote paper, full original color (bright rose outlining of national borders, Mexican states in full wash of green, pink, yellow, and blue; U.S. pale pink; seas pale blue); border to border: 42.8 x 62.7 cm.; overall sheet size: 44.7 x 65 cm. Folding map. Pristine.

COLTON, G[eorge] W[oolworth] & C[harles] B. Map of the World to accompany “Mexico and the United States and Their Mutual Relations.” [below border at lower left: Engraved & Printed by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. 172 William St. New York. Lithograph map of the world with comparative distances, land masses in tan, border to border: 16 x 24.5 cm. Double page map. Very fine.

     First edition. Larned 3925: “A useful guide to the constitutional history, especially for the period 1824 to 1859.” Palau 521. The author’s thesis is that Mexico and United States should build a more positive relationship between the two countries. Much of the focus is on Matías Romero, Mexico Minister to the U.S. during the complex Maximilian-Juárez era. Abbot praises Romero and notes that his accomplishments were outstanding. Abbot concludes by comparing the history of the United States and Mexico in respect to their finally shedding English and European agendas. He urges that negative stereotypes of Mexico should be abandoned and that the two countries should work together for their mutual benefit. This well-considered dissertation is a welcome respite in an era of bitter Borderlands imbroglios.


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