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Pingenot Auction, Lot 238

238. OBER, Frederick A. Travels in Mexico and Life Among the Mexicans...I. Yucatan. II Central and Southern Mexico. III. The Border States. San Francisco: D. Dewing and Company, 1884. 672 pp., 190 engraved plates & illustrations (after author’s sketches and photographs), folding colored map of Mexico and the borderlands. Thick 8vo, original pictorial mustard cloth stamped in gilt and blank. An exceptionally fine, bright copy. Preserved in a tan cloth slipcase.
         First edition. Gunn, Mexico in American and British Letters, p. 953. Larned 3973: "A popular work in which the author suggests some of the fascination which the country exercises over almost all who visit it without prejudice. Distinctly interesting." Palau 197702. The Texas illustrations include a street scene at Paso del Norte, church at Paso del Norte, international bridge at Laredo, etc. Many of the plates are of Native Americans. Pingenot: Contains extensive material on Texas and the other border states. Especially fine coverage of archaeology, railroads, mining, and cattle industry. Very attractive plates.
($200-400)