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Pingenot Auction, Lot 202

202. MAYER, Brantz. Mexico; Aztec, Spanish and Republican: A Historical Sketch of the Late War; and Notices of New Mexico and California. Hartford: S. Drake and Company, 1851. [4] 433; 398 pp., numerous engraved plates and text illustrations (after Nebel, Waldeck, Weber-Frémont, Catherwood, et al.). Thick 8vo, 2 vols. in one, full original extra gilt-pictorial red morocco, a.e.g. Binding with a bit of minor shelf wear. Turn-of-the-century lending library label on upper pastedown, library slip at back. Despite being an ex-library copy, this is still a near fine copy, with no external markings to mar the elaborate nineteenth-century binding.
         First printing of the greatly enlarged edition of the author’s Mexico as It Was and as It Is (New York, 1844, 390 pp.). Pingenot: This is the true first edition of a book that is bibliographically confusing because the date on the title-pages is MDCCCLI (1851), whereas 1850 is the date shown on the verso of the t.p., suggesting an 1850 printing. The author (1809-1879), a Baltimore lawyer and founder of the Maryland Historical Society (1844), was the author of other volumes on Mexican and Maryland history.
         Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 366: "Mayer reiterates...that Paredes’ belligerent posture really brought on the war, although it was the annexation of Texas that underlay it." Cowan, p. 421. Gunn, Mexico in American and British Letters 923. Hill, p. 494: "The first printing of this work with its enlarged title was issued in 1851"; p. 195: "Mayer tried to present Mexico in a light apart from the misconceptions and prejudices that arose out of the Texas Revolution. He wrote of antiquities, agriculture, manufactures, commerce, coinage, natural resources, religion, and government. In his official government capacity, he met General Santa Ana." Palau 158998. Raines, p. 148: "Historical sketch of Mexico. The viceroys’ rule in chronological order, with notice of the Texan struggle and the war with the United States." Tutorow 3103.