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2. [ALCÁRAZ, Ramón et al.
(editors)]. Apuntes para la historia de la guerra entre
México y los Estados-Unidos. Mexico: Tipografia
de Manuel Payno (Hijo), 1848. viii, 401  pp., 14
lithographed portraits (including Manuel Micheltorena, the
last Mexican governor of Alta California), 2 statistical
tables on 1 folding plate, 13 folding lithographed maps,
including a map of Palo Alto, one of the battles fought on
Texas soil: Plano de la batalla de Palo-Alto el dia 8.
de Mayo de 1846... [below neatline at right]: lit.
de P[lácido]. Blanco 1a.
Ce. Plateros No. 15.... (20.0 x
28.3 cm; 7-7/8 x 11-1/4 inches). Large 8vo, contemporary
three-quarter brown morocco over brown marbled boards,
spine gilt-lettered and decorated, raised bands. Other than
slight foxing, an exceptionally fine copy. This copy
belonged to Brantz Mayer (1809-1879), noted historian and
author (see DAB and item 202 herein).
First edition. Eberstadt 114:733: "Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 3: "An excellent source of material for the Mexican side of the war. It is generally critical of Santa Anna." Haferkorn, p. 3. Howes A105: "The original Spanish edition was suppressed by Santa Anna." Larned 2008: "Best source on the conduct of the war." Mathes, Mexico on Stone, pp. 24 & 56. Palau 14138. Rader 75. Raines, p. 170. Sabin 1858: "Extremely rare. Gen. Santa Anna ordered the edition to be destroyed, and imprisoned the authors.... The account of the campaigns differs vastly from the American reports." Streeter Sale I:279: "This work was originally published in installments between September 1848 and May 1849 under the above general title. Each installment appeared accompanied by portraits or maps at the rate of two per number. When publication of the installments was completed, the various issues and their illustrations were sent to the binder by the subscribers. The final arrangement of the material varies from copy to copy." Tutorow 3254: "Alcaraz and about a dozen associates met in Querétaro in 1847 to write their accounts of the war. Charges the U.S. with territorial aggression in Texas and blames the U.S. for starting the war."
Holman & Tyler in their preliminary study on Texas lithographs of the nineteenth century cite the portraits of Santa Anna, Arista, Ampudia, and Taylor. The book is important for the history of Mexican lithography. The excellent lithographs were created by Plácido Blanco, who also created the famous El Gallo Pitagórico (1845). Diccionario Porrúa (5th edition).