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Pingenot Auction, Lot 57

57. C[ALDERON] DE LA B[ARCA], Madame [F. E.]. Life in Mexico, During a Residence of Two Years...with a Preface by W. H. Prescott. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843. xvi, 437 pp. 8vo, late nineteenth three-quarter burgundy morocco over maroon cloth, spine with gilt lettering and raised bands. Slight shelf wear, generally fine.
        First English edition. BAL 16338n. Dobie, p. 38: "Among books on Mexican life to be ranked first both in readability and revealing qualities." Griffin 4174. Gunn, Mexico in American and British Letters 639: "Letters by the Scottish-American wife of the first Spanish ambassador, describing their life in the capital 1839-1842." Hill, p. 43: "One of the classic writings of nineteenth century travel; written by the Scottish wife of the Spanish minister to the U.S.A. On a special mission to Mexico she accompanied her husband and, due to her position, was able to become intimately acquainted with Mexican society and had access to any information she sought...Probably the most important record of the social life of the country at that time." Palau 39761.