Sir Thomas Phillipps’ Copy With His Notes

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175. HELLER, Carl Bartholomaeus. Reisen in Mexiko in den Jahren 1845-1848.... Mit Zwei Karten, Sechs Holzschnitten Und Einer Lithographie. Leipzig: Verlag von Wilhelm Engelmann [Druck von Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig], 1853. [i-ix] x-xxiv, [1-3] 4-432 pp., 2 lithograph maps (see below), 1 plate (see below), a few text engravings. 8vo (21 x 15 cm), original brown cloth over paper-covered boards, edges sprinkled. Slightly shelf slanted, fragile boards rubbed with a few losses, corners bumped; text block cracked at pp. xiv/xv, but interior good with scattered light to moderate foxing, maps and plates very good. From the Library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, with his ink shelf mark, manuscript index of plants, and occasional pencil notes. Embossed blind stamp of Halle bookseller Pferrschi on title page and last page. Very rare in commerce. No copies at auction in over thirty years.


Karte von Yucatan nach der handschriftlichen Karte von Juan José de Leon und andern bearbeitet verbessert und gezeichnet von Carl Heller 1847 [left below neat line] Lith. Anst. v Emil Wilhelmi in Leipzig [right below neat line] Länge von Cadiz. (Neat line to neat line: 47.5 x 34 cm; overall sheet size: 50.7 x 38 cm). Map on heavy paper concentrating on northern Yucatan districts, roads, cities, settlements, etc. Antochiw, Historia Cartográfica de la Península de Yucatán, pp. 282-283, discusses the author and illustrates an 1814 copy of the 1798 original of this map; Antochiw, Mapa 118, shows Heller’s rendition. Antochiw remarks that Leon’s map was the last one from Mexico’s colonial period to be printed with the name of its author (p. 284).

Der Rio Tabasco od Grijalva und der Rio secco de Chiltepeque skizzirt 1847 von Carl Heller. (Neat line to neat line: 20 x 12 cm; overall sheet size: 20.7 x 13.5 cm)


Fig A. [at lower left]: Mexico 1846; [at lower right]: Heller del. Image size: 7.7 x 6 cm. Lithograph of a Mexican monumental antiquity.

     First edition. BMC (Nat. Hist.) II, p. 819. Palau 112904. Pilling 1720. Sabin 31251. This rare travel account by German botanist Heller (1824-?) emphasizes natural history, along with some discussion of archaeology. Explorer-botanist Theodor Hartweg (author of Notes of a Visit to Mexico in Search of Plants and Seeds..., London, 1848; and botanical collector for the London Horticultural Society in Ecuador, Mexico, and California) accompanied Heller, but Heller explored Yucatan, Chiapas, and Tabasco alone. Heller’s collections were sent to the Society of Horticulture in Vienna. Among the Texana sources cited are Mary Austin Holley, Foote, Kendall, Kennedy, Edward, Newell, et al (pp. xv-xviii). The author includes a brief discussion of the Mexican-American War and Santa Anna (pp. 194-198), and his appendices contain information on Mayan and Aztec grammar. Heller was probably the most important German botanist to visit Mexico since Humboldt. Dicc. Porrúa.


Sold. Hammer: $1,000.00; Price Realized: $1,225.00.

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