“Para el hombre de negocios, así como para el curioso”

Rare Massive Directory on Cuba, Mexico & New York

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117. [DIRECTORY: CUBA, MEXICO & NEW YORK]. Nomenclator comercial, agricola, industrial, artes y oficios, y directorio general para 1884-1885 de la Mexico, Isla de Cuba y principal comercio de Nueva York. Segunda serie. Havana: Centro-Editorial de Obras Ilustradas de Molinas y Juli, Rayo 30 [verso of title page: E. Perez, Impresor, 80 Cliff St., N.Y.], 1884. [2, lithograph title lettered in red and black and with national vignettes], [20, including sectional title to Mexico], [inserted folding map of Mexico]; [1] 2-96, [4, inserted ads] 97-235 [including sectional titles to Veracruz, México, Puebla, Querétaro, Salamanca, Orizaba y Moreles], [1, blank], [1] 2-115 [1, blank], [1, sectional title to Republica de México], 118-158 [maps], [4, maps and ads], [inserted long folding plate]; [4, sectional title to New York and index], [1, blank] 2-29 [1, blank]; [2, sectional title to Cuba, verso blank], [inserted folding colored map of Cuba], [1] 2-190 [2, ad for paint company with actual samples], 191-196, 199-346; [2, sectional title to Havana with map of Havana on verso] 3-229 [with 19 pages of  maps], [2, blank], [followed by 2 long folding plates with 46 views], [2, sectional title: exchange rates], xx pp. (mostly printed in double column, some pages on pale pink paper). 2 chromolithograph folded maps (see below), 3 folded plates, about 60 woodcut views of Cuba and Mexico and portrait of Hidalgo, folded charts, numerous text-illustrations and maps including each Mexican state and Federal District street plan for Mexico City and some others, most sections have their own sectional titles included in collations. Folio (30 x 22 cm), original green cloth with black lettering and gilt decorations; ads on pastedowns and free endpapers. Spine slightly frayed at top, cloth faded and stained, corners bumped, hinges weak; text lightly waterstained and with some staining, 1 folded plate chipped (no losses). Despite the flaws, overall a good copy, particularly considering the heavy use, ephemeral nature of directories of this sort, and the great weight of the text block on the binding. Very rare. Only two copies on OCLC, and the only copy at auction in the past thirty years is one we sold in 1997.

Folded Chromolithograph Maps

Plano General de Mexico. Neat line to neat line: 39.8 x 56 cm; overall sheet size: 45 x 57.2 cm. Chromolithgraph in shades of blue and tan. Gulf of Mexico, Borderlands of U.S. north of San Diego to Mississippi-Alabama (most of Texas is shown), Mexico, to Guatemala. Key with symbols to territorial limits, railroads, cities, etc. One short clean split at a fold (no loss), else fine.

Plano General de la Isla Cuba. Neat line to neat line: 26 x 44 cm; overall sheet size: 29.2 x 50.5 cm. Key to roads, settlements, etc. Shows Cuba, Southern Florida, and many islands. Other than staining to blank margins fine.

     First edition. This edition not in Palau. The publishers explain that because of the growing and fertile ties between Cuba and Mexico, they have decided to include extensive materials on the latter rather than concentrating solely on the former country, as their original publication did. They also include a section on New York City because of its commercial importance to both countries.

     Directories are one of the primary historical sources for the intense study of local, social, cultural, and economic history. This massive directory of Cuba, Mexico, and New York is filled with incredibly detailed documentation, including maps of each state and province in Cuba and Mexico, as well as maps of each major town and city. Hundreds of business establishments (interior and exterior) and their wares are illustrated. Tradesmen, companies, doctors, photographers, hotels, schools, post offices, and all manner of commercial, political, and public offices and persons are listed alphabetically with their addresses, and again under categories for the person’s or company’s particular enterprise. Also provided are short histories of each state or province, statistics; laws applicable to commerce; transportation fares, timetables, routes, etc. As the publishers state, they wished a volume that would be of use “para el hombre de negocios, así como para el curioso.”


Sold. Hammer: $500.00; Price Realized: $612.50.

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