Ambitious European Colonization Scheme for Metlaltoyuca, Puebla

With Impressive Oversize Map—Only Copy Located

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269. [MAP]. COMPAÑÍA COLONIZADORA DE LA MESA DE CORONELES Y METLALTOYUCA EN EL ESTADO DE PUEBLA. [Title cartouche at left] Croquis de la terrenos de Metlaltoyuca Conforme al deslinde prartirada [sic] por orden de la Secretaría de Fomento siendo Ministro del Ramo el Co. Gral. Carlos Pacheco. 1883. [Notes in cartouche at right] Notas MetlaltoyucaLongitud....La Longitud está referida al Meridiano de Chapultepec. Superficie Deslindada sitios 41,68 Hectaras 73,106.44 construido y dibujado por los Yngenieros Franco. P. Beltran y Faustino Navarro. [above lower border] Impa. y Lit. Española. México, Octobre de 1883. Franco P. Beltran [5 scenes surrounding map, commencing at upper left going clockwise: 4 of Company lands, and another showing an archaeological site] Rancho del Tecomate; Sierra de Huachinango; Borde Occidental de la Mesa de Coroneles. Rocas de “Dn. Guillen”; Ruinas Metalaltoyuca; Ranchería del Metalaltoyuca. Border to border: 66 x 93 cm; overall sheet size: 77.3 x 95 cm. Lithograph map on heavy paper, boundaries of colony outlined in red and waterways in blue, folded into contemporary presentation binding. 8vo (22 x 16 cm), full crimson sheep blind embossed, gilt-ruled and decorated, gilt-lettered on upper cover: C. General Rafael Cravioto (1829-1903), prominent participant in Mexican civil wars and later governor of Hidalgo, marbled endpapers, Mexico City binder Alejandro Freyre’s yellow printed ticket on front pastedown, accompanying text: Compañía Colonizadora de la Mesa de Coroneles y Metlaltoyuca, en el Estado de Puebla. Mexico: Imprenta y Litografía Española, Despacho: calle de S. Agustin 3, 1884. [1-5] 6-32 pp. Spine repaired, light outer wear to binding, interior and map very fine (except for a short splits at map folds; no losses). OCLC lists no copies of text or map.

     First edition. Not in Palau. This publication and its accompanying impressive map were promotional materials for the Company formed to exploit and develop the natural resources within its concession. Divided into several parts, the text covers the general prospects of the development, the concession granted by the government, and the potential resources that could be developed in the tract (minerals, etc). The Company’s first project was to develop a logging industry in the area. One of the mapmakers, Beltrán (1862-1934), was a noted civil engineer. This is an excellent example of one of the numerous internal development schemes that flourished during the Profiriate. The underlying company was Ribas and Borrell, who had permission to populate their enterprise with European immigrants. The contract was originally signed in 1878.


Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $918.75.

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