[HISTORIES]. CASTILLO NEGRETE, Emilio del. Invasion de los norte-americanos en Mexico. Obra historica.... Mexico City: Imprenta del editor, Avenida Oriente 8. Número 1129. (Antes 1a. de la Merced núm. 4), 1890. 6 vols., including appendices to vols. 3 and 4. 8vo (22 x 16 cm), slightly non-uniform modern quarter calf over mottled boards, raised bands, gilt-lettered spine labels. Slightly rubbed and bumped. Overall age toning, but otherwise fine. Very rare in commerce; only this copy at auction in the past thirty years. Only a handful of copies on OCLC.
First edition. Issued as vols. 22-25 of his México en el siglo 19 (Mexico, 1875-1891), but often found separately. Connor & Faulk 6. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 15. Palau 48343. Tutorow 3272.
A somewhat dark history of the war that sees a long-standing U.S. conspiracy to conquer Mexican territory, of which Poinsett was one of the chief villains. He does not, however, lay all the blame for the losses on U.S. conspiracy, but is also capable of asserting that Mexico is probably culpable for the losses. At the time of its publication, this was the longest and most analytical of the Mexican histories of the war. The text is based on extensive research and prints numerous documents. The last two volumes are particularly rich in original sources.
Castillo Negrete (1832-1893), a Jalisco native, was a prominent attorney, writer, and historian. His multi-volume history of nineteenth-century Mexico is considered a major work.