Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on travel in Mexico, for sale at Horizon Books.

ADAMS, Alice; Mexico; Some Travels and Some Travelers There. New York, Prentice Hall Press, [1990], First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xix, 216 pp, illus, original cloth backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped, lightly used but still quite good), near fine, clean and unmarked.

'It reminds me of the diaries of Virginian Woolf, in that the whole adds up to so much more than the sum of the parts' [from the introduction by travel writer Jan Morris]. A fine retrospective and inspiring narrative based on the novelist author's thirty years of travels through Mexico. The true first edition.

US$15. bookID # 13882


ANON, ; The Columbian Atlas of the World containing Large-scale Colored maps of each State and Territory in the United States, Provinces of Canada, Every Foreign Country, the Continents and their Subdivisions. Buffalo, NY, Garretson, Cox and Company, 1897, , folio [37 x 31 cm or 14.5 x 12 inches]; 159 pp, 156 pages of colored maps, charts, including many double page, title printed in red and black, original blue pictorial gilt and blind-stamped cloth, gilt title lettering on cover, a little worn at spine ends, corners, very good+ clean and sound copy.

This is not to be confused with the Columbian World's Fair atlas nor the Columbian Atlas of the World We Live In, which was in much smaller format. This atlas is quite large and filled with very detailed colored maps, starting with fine double-page maps of the world and of North America. The maps of the USA include the whole country, individual states and city maps showing streets (Boston, NY city, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul, Minneapolis, St. Louis, St. Joseph, Kansas city, New Orleans, San Francisco from Rand McNally Co, plus others as insets). Canadian maps include country, provinces and territories, some provinces showing counties. Other maps include: Mexico, Central America, West Indies, South America (plus other maps of regions of South America), Europe and individual countries, Polar area, Asia, double-page of Palestine with Jerusalem inset, Turkey and its provinces, Indochina, India, Japan, Persia, double of Africa showing colonial borders, South Africa, Egypt with Cairo inset, North Africa, Abyssinia, Australia, New Zealand, etc, plus other charts. Maps have city, province, county indexes in margins.

US$120. bookID # 12789


ARCHER, W. J. (editor); Mexican Petroleum. New York, Pan American Petroleum & Transport Company, 1922, First edition, 12mo [19.5 x 13.5 cm]; xiv, 300 pp, frontis (portrait), hundreds of illustrations from photos, large folding colored map in rear pocket, tables, index, original limp simulated leather, gilt title lettering and vignette on cover, cover lightly rubbed, number in corner of endpaper, interior quite clean and not foxed, interior is fine in very good cover.

Besides the detailed description of the oil industry in Mexico, there is some related material on the people and topography, and a large amount of detailed statistical data and tables.

US$35. bookID # 10673


AUDUBON, John W.; biographical memoir by his daughter Maria R. Audubon; Audubon's Western Journal: 1849-1850; Being the Ms. Record of a Trip from New York to Texas and an Overland Journey Through Mexico and Arizona to the Gold-fields of California. Cleveland, The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1906, First edition thus, 8vo [25 x17 cm]; 249, [x, publisher's catalogue tipped in at rear] pp, frontis (port), plates, folding map of Audubon's route, index, original cloth is lightened by stain and has become very faded, gilt spine title lettering, tissue guard is lightly foxed, else internally clean copy, aside from faded cover its a very good copy.

Howes A390. Clark III, 268. Graff 111. Audubon, the son of the famous bird artist and ornithologist, and an artist in his right, provides a detailed travel narrative. He was part of Webb's California expedition. Originally printed in 1852, which was part of a contemplated larger work but was abandoned from lack of encouragement (Howes). the 1906 edition was expanded and re-titled.

US$90. bookID # 7131


BAERLEIN, Henry; Mexico The Land of Unrest, Being Chiefly an Account of What Produced the Outbreak in 1910, together with the Story of the Revolutions to this Day. London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1914, Second edition, first published in 1913, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; l, 461 pp, frontis, folding colored map at end, numerous illustrations from photos, index, original green cloth with gilt lettering on front cover and spine, top edge gilted, lightly rubbed at lower edge, very light foxing on few leaves, but overall a clean near fine sound copy..

This edition has an additional 36 page preface explaining further events. Given the continued unrest, its worth reading to better understand the causes of the problems in Mexico.

US$40. bookID # 6204


BAIRD, Spencer, John Cassin, George N. Lawrence; Reports of Explorations & Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable & Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, . . . in 1854-5. Volume IX. General Reports Upon Zoology of Several Railroad Routes Birds. Washington, House of Representatives, 1858, , 4to [30 x 24 cm]; lvi, 1005 pp, numerous tables, index, contemporary leather-backed boards, rubbed, edge wear, joint cracking but strong, spine title lettering faded, interior is quite clean and very good.

This report was reprinted verbatim for the Cassin bird book, The Birds of North America, published 1860, that became a classic work on the birds of the western US. Zimmer 646: 'The most important work on North American birds up to its date since Audubon and Wilson. The work consist of a critical, descriptive account of all the birds of North America, north of Mexico, and is not restricted to the species collected by the Pacific Railroad Surveys'. Hasse p. 62. Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the American West: 'The massive volumes of the Pacific Railroad Reports represented the combined efforts of the topographical engineers and a sizable contingent of the country's foremost scientists. Not since Napoleon had taken his company of savants into Egypt had the world seen such an assemblage of scientists and technicians marshaled under one banner'.

US$70. bookID # 11519


BANCROFT, Griffing; Lower California: A Cruise; The Flight of the Least Petrel. New York and London, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1932, First edition, 8vo [24 x 17 cm]; xi, 403 pp, frontis, 43 illustrations from photos on plates, large folding map of Baja California (tear at stub), index, original cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, spine lightly marked, name on rear endpaper, title is lightly foxed, interior quite clean and very good.

A narrative of the author's extensive travels along both coasts of Baja California, with good descriptions of the many towns and settlements, conditions, etc.

US$18. bookID # 12094


BAZ, Gustavo & E. L. Gallo; History of the Mexican Railway; Wealth of Mexico, in the Region extending from the Gulf to the Capital of the Republic, considered in its Geological, Agricultural, Manufacturing and Commercial Aspect; with scientific, historical & statistical notes. Mexico City, Gallo & Co., 1876, First edition in English, originally published in Spanish in 1874, folio [38 x 27 cm]; 211 pp, extra color lithographed (chromolithograph) title plate, 32 tinted or toned lithographed plates, large folding map showing the railway routes and elevation, tables, engraved initials, original cloth, gilt title lettering on cover, later cloth spine, edges worn, inner hinge re-enforced, light foxing on some leaves, mostly confined to margins, one plate with margins significantly trimmed, very good sound copy.

Palau 25914. Spain & Spanish America II, 46. The book describes the completion of the first railway between Mexico City and Veracruz and Jalapa. The plates are of bridges, tunnel construction, waterfall, views of several cities, a panorama bird's-eye-view of Mexico City, 2 plates of portraits, etc. The lithograph plates are by H. Iriarte, with designs mostly by S. Hernandez. The fine colored plate shows a steam engine pulling a train with tropical trees and a bridge and mountain in background. The text was translated into English by George F. Henderson.

US$4300. bookID # 12940


BEALS, Herbert K., R. J. Campbell, Ann Savours, Anita McConnell, Roy Bridges; Four Travel Journals; The Americas, Antarctica and Africa, 1775-1874. London, The Hakluyt Society, 2007, First edition, large 8vo [25.5 x 18 cm]; x, 404 pp, numerous illustrations including many full page, portraits, maps, bibliographies, index to each part, with the loose corrigenda (corrections) leaf, issued much after publication & usually absent, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, gilt vignette on cover, dust jacket, fine, clean, unmarked, as new.

Account of four previously unpublished travel journals, the first of a participant in a Spanish expedition, Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Qyadra, from Mexico to explore the north-west coast of America. The second is The Journal of HMS Beagle in the Strait of Magellan by Pringle Stokes, Commander, 1827 which is supplemented by Captain King's account. The third is Journal of Midshipman Joseph Henry Kay during the voyage of HMS Chanticleer, 1828-31, commanded by Henry Foster, to make observations in the South Atlantic to determine the shape of the earth and to ascertain longitudes of certain ports, a lively diary with encounters with war ships of the Brazilian navy. The fourth is Jacob Wainwright's Diary of the Transportation of Dr Livingstone's Body to the Coast 1873-4, by the freed slave who carved the inscription on the tree beneath which Livingstone's heart was buried, and describes the journey back to the coast with the rest of the body, throwing much light on conditions in East Africa and on the story of Livingstone, published for the first time in English.

US$30. bookID # 12745


BISHOP, Nathaniel H.; Four Months in a Sneak-Box; A Boat Voyage of 2600 Miles Down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and Along the Gulf of Mexico. Boston, Lee and Shepard, 1879, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14.5 cm]; xii, 322, [ii, ads] pp, frontis, illustrations including full-page, 5 maps, original pictorial cloth with gilt picture of author in small boat, gilt lettering on spine, internal hinge cracked but firm, spine ends slightly frayed, colored map of Mississippi from other source (c. 1915) on endpaper, near fine, clean copy.

'Excellent account of people, social conditions, economics and political life but is of special significance on natural history' (Bruns - Angling Books of the Americas 164). Not in Sabin or Howes. His sneak-box was a small duck hunters' boat that looked like a row-boat. The author had also written 'Voyage of the Paper Canoe.' A classic American travel.

US$100. bookID # 11155


BISHOP, Nathaniel H.; Four Months in a Sneak-Box; A Boat Voyage of 2600 Miles Down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and Along the Gulf of Mexico. Boston, Lee and Shepard, 1879, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14.5 cm]; xii, 322, [ii, ads] pp, frontis, many illustrations including full-page, 5 maps, original pictorial cloth with gilt picture of author in small boat, gilt lettering on spine, spine label removed, internal hinges cracked but firm, bookplate on endpaper, light marginal stain on few leaves, else interior quite good and clean.

'Excellent account of people, social conditions, economics and political life but is of special significance on natural history' (Bruns - Angling Books of the Americas 164). Not in Sabin or Howes. His sneak-box was a small duck hunters' boat that looked like a row-boat. The author had also written 'Voyage of the Paper Canoe.' A classic American travel.

US$105. bookID # 13112


BISHOP, William Henry; Mexico, California, and Arizona being a New and Revised Edition of Old Mexico and Her Lost Provinces. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1889, First edition thus, being a revision with expanded material, 8vo [20.5 x 14 cm]; xii, 569, [6, publisher's ads] pp, frontis map, over 100 illustrations including many full-page, maps including one of the railroads of Mexico and southern US, portraits, index, original red pictorial cloth, gilt lettering on spine and cover, spine worn but intact, spine ends chipped, name on endpaper, internal hinge cracked but firm, interior is clean and very good in good cover, sound.

Cowan p. 19 (1900 edition), Eberstadt 157: 32. Welch p. 153. Cole 50 (1889 edition). Six Guns 215. Not in Sabin or Howes. Part I is an account of travel in Mexico while part II is an account of travel in California and Arizona (with mention of the OK corral, Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, Tombstone, etc). There are many interesting illustrations including of downtown San Francisco, China town, Los Angles and other towns. Well illustrated. This expanded version has an additional 50 pages.

US$50. bookID # 12066


BRAY, Warwick, drawings by Eva Wilson; Everyday Life of the Aztecs. London, B. T. Batsford, [1968], First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 208 pp, frontis, 97 illustrations including some full-page, from photos and drwgs, maps, index, original red cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped), small private owner's stamp on endpaper, else fine and clean.

A reconstruction of the life and culture of the Aztecs before it was destroyed by the Spanish.

US$3. bookID # 8533


BRINE, Lindesay; Travels Amongst American Indians, their Ancient Earthworks and Temples; including a Journey in Guatemala, Mexico and Yucatan, and a Visit to the Ruins of Patinamit, Utatlan, Palenque and Uxmal. London, Sampson Low, Marston and Company, 1894, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvi, 429 pp, double-page frontis, complete with 32 plates, 10 maps including folding, one with author's route in red, other illustrations from drwgs, index, half-title page is present, original blind-stamped and pictorial gilt cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends frayed, book plate removed from endpaper, small library stamps, good sound copy.

Hand B688. The author, a vice admiral with the British navy, travelled extensively in North and Central America, examining the ancient mounds, earthworks and temples in the Ohio valley, Mexico and Guatemala. The plates show the ruins before the arrival of tourists, tomb raiders and the later destruction that followed. The author provides detailed descriptions of each area visited as well as the surrounding area, nature, the people encountered, etc.

US$90. bookID # 11934


BRODHEAD, Michael J.; A Soldier-Scientist in the American Southwest; Being a Narrative of the Travels of Brevet Captain Elliott Coues, through Kansas, Territories of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, to Coast of California; together with observations of Natural History, Avifauna. Tucson, The Arizona Historical Society, Historical Monography no. 1, [1973], First edition, 8vo [25 x 17.5 cm]; [vi], 74 pp, two portrait plates of Coues including frontis, color and other plates from original works, other illustrations, full-page maps, bibliographical notes, original pictorial heavy paper wraps with title lettering on spine and cover, fine and clean, unmarked.

Coues was the first trained naturalist to travel through and observe the southwest of what is now the USA in 1864-65 and became a leading naturalist and author, including editor of the exploration journals of Lewis and Clark, Zebulon Pike, Henry, Fowler, Garces, etc. He provided a unique view of the region, the animals and birds, plants, native peoples, etc.

US$22. bookID # 13488


BRUNHOUSE, Robert L.; Frans Blom, Maya Explorer. Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, [1976], First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xi, [iii], 291 pp, frontis, illustrations from photos, 3 full-page maps, bibliog, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, dj not (price clipped, slightly rubbed at edge), fine, clean copy, unmarked.

The author, an expert on Mayan archaeology, provides the first biography of Blom, who was one of the last pioneers to study the ancient Maya, in Mexico, Guatemala, Chiapas. Blom is still considered a hero in southern Mexico, his former home in San Cristobal de las Casas is now a museum. The book describes the Middle American Research Institute, directed by Blom, in its early years.

US$9. bookID # 12421


CAMPBELL, Reau; Cambell's New Revised Complete Guide and Descriptive Book of Mexico. Chicago, np, 1904, , large 12mo [19 x 14 cm]; vi, 7-351 pp, frontis (port), hundreds of illustrations from photos, maps, including large folding map at end, one side in color of Mexico and the other side including street map of Mexico city, chronology, index, original gilt decorated pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, old bookseller's stamp on title margin, endpaper inscription, else a fine and clean copy.

A guide book with considerable detail on geography, history, amusements, cities and towns, railways, practical matters, customs, sights, etc, valuable especially for the many illustrations showing the country as it was, the people, buildings, views, ruins, activities, artifacts, etc.

US$50. bookID # 12080


CARVER, J. [Jonathan]; Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America, in the Years 1766, 1767, and 1768. London, Printed for the Author, 1778, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; [xx], xvi, [17]-543, [i, errata, directions page] pp, two folding engraved maps (short tear at stub), 4 engraved copper plates including folding, contemporary full calf, raised bands, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, chip at head of spine, armorial bookplate of Patrick Miller on endpaper and his signature on title margin, lightly foxed on few leaves, near fine, clean copy.

A classic in the exploration of North America, Carver achieved the farthest north-west of any European aside from Hennepin, provides an early description of Wisconsin and Minnesota, the headwaters of the Mississippi, mentioned Oregon for the first time, and describes the natural history and the native peoples. One of the maps shows the headwaters of the Mississippi, lakes Superior and Michigan, and the land as far west as the Dakotas; the other maps shows North America, from the Arctic to northern Mexico. The plates include native people, Indian weapons, falls of St. Anthony. There were numerous later printings due to the popularity and importance of the book. Howes C215. Sabin 11184. Field 251. Streeter Sale 1772. Wood 280: 'an important American zoologica'.

US$2900. bookID # 12873


CHARNAY, Desire, introduction by Allen Thorndike Rice; The Ancient Cities of the New World Being Voyages and Explorations in Mexico and Central America from 1857-1882. London, Chapman & Hall, 1887, First edition in English, large 8vo [27 x 18.5 cm]; xlvi, 514, [ii, ads] pp, frontis (port), folding map, partly hand-colored, other maps, very well-illustrated including many plates, original blue cloth with vignette on front cover in gilt, gilt title lettering on spine, edges a bit rubbed, some light foxing else clean, near fine interior in very good+ cover.

Griffin 1157: "Incidents of travel, often entreatingly written, and descriptions of Mexican and Maya antiquities." Welch 60. Palau 67185. Spain and Spanish America I, 161. Cundall 1090. Hiliton 2257. The author describes the peoples and country, Yucatan and Central America, including the Mayan cites of Tenenepanco, Bellote, Comalcalco, Palenque, Merida, Izamal, Chichen-Itza, Uxmal, Campeche, Mitla, Tikal, Copan and others and provides excellent illustrations of buildings, artifacts, art, plans, etc. Charnay is an admired successor to John Lloyd Stephens and Catherwood and his early photographs of the ruins are a superb and important record. 'An expedition which received stron support in the United States, and enriched the museums of Paris and Washington with valuable collections' (ix).

US$190. bookID # 10681


CHARNAY, Desire, introduction by Allen Thorndike Rice; The Ancient Cities of the New World Being Voyages and Explorations in Mexico and Central America from 1857-1882. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1887, First American edition, large 8vo [26 x 18.5 cm]; xlvi, 514, [ii, ads] pp, frontis (port), folding map, partly hand-colored, other maps, very well-illustrated including many plates, original blue cloth with vignette on front cover in gilt, red and silver, gilt title lettering on front cover and spine, top edge gilted, edges a bit rubbed, spine ends a little frayed, but very clean, near fine interior in very good cover.

Griffin 1157: "Incidents of travel, often entreatingly written, and descriptions of Mexican and Maya antiquities." Welch 60. Palau 67185. Spain and Spanish America I, 161. Cundall 1090. Hiliton 2257. The author describes the peoples and country, Yucatan and Central America, including the Mayan cites of Tenenepanco, Bellote, Comalcalco, Palenque, Merida, Izamal, Chichen-Itza, Uxmal, Campeche, Mitla, Tikal, Copan and others and provides excellent illustrations of buildings, artifacts, art, plans, etc. Charnay is an admired successor to John Lloyd Stephens and Catherwood and his early photographs of the ruins are a superb and important record. 'An expedition which received stron support in the United States, and enriched the museums of Paris and Washington with valuable collections' (ix).

US$170. bookID # 10266


CHARNAY, Desire, introduction by Allen Thorndike Rice; The Ancient Cities of the New World Being Voyages and Explorations in Mexico and Central America from 1857-1882. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1888, , large 8vo [27 x 18.5 cm]; xlvi, 514, [ii, ads] pp, frontis (port), folding map, partly hand-colored, other maps, very well-illustrated including many plates, original blue cloth with vignette on front cover in gilt, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, rubbed, spine ends worn and chipped, endpaper inscription, rear internal hinge repaired, good.

Griffin 1157: "Incidents of travel, often entreatingly written, and descriptions of Mexican and Maya antiquities." Welch 60. Palau 67185. Spain and Spanish America I, 161. Cundall 1090. Hiliton 2257. The author describes the peoples and country, Yucatan and Central America, including the Mayan cites of Tenenepanco, Bellote, Comalcalco, Palenque, Merida, Izamal, Chichen-Itza, Uxmal, Campeche, Mitla, Tikal, Copan and others and provides excellent illustrations of buildings, artifacts, art, plans, etc. Charnay is an admired successor to John Lloyd Stephens and Catherwood and his early photographs of the ruins are a superb and important record. 'An expedition which received stron support in the United States, and enriched the museums of Paris and Washington with valuable collections' (ix).

US$90. bookID # 10801


CORTES, Hernan, translated from the Spanish by Don Pascual de Gayangos; The Fifth Letter of Hernan Cortes to the Emperor Charles V, containing an Account of his Expedition to Honduras. London, The Hakluyt Society, 1868, First edition in English, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvi, 156, 3 [publisher's report for 1868] pp, index, blank pages have been bound in at the end, contemporary half calf, matching marbled boards, endpapers and edges, gilt title lettering on black leather spine labels, rear joint repaired, edges bit rubbed, else a near fine copy, interior is clean and unmarked.

Cox ii, 242. Markman 70. Spain and Spanish America II, 123. Motivated by an easy passage to the Indian Ocean and the spice islands, Cortes left Mexico in 1524 with about 400 Spaniards and three thousand local people, passing through southern Mexico, possibly near Palenque and through what is now Guatemala, Honduras, etc, destroying towns and temples as he went. A detailed account with a historical introduction. Published in the first series of the Hakluyt Society.

US$180. bookID # 12555


CORTES, Hernan, translated from the Spanish by Don Pascual de Gayangos; The Fifth Letter of Hernan Cortes to the Emperor Charles V, containing an Account of his Expedition to Honduras. London, The Hakluyt Society, 1868, First edition in English, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvi, 156 pp, index, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt cover vignette, spine with piece missing including loss of much of title lettering, bookplate removed from endpaper, interior is clean and very good in good cover with spine defect.

Cox ii, 242. Markman 70. Spain and Spanish America II, 123. Motivated by an easy passage to the Indian Ocean and the spice islands, Cortes left Mexico in 1524 with about 400 Spaniards and three thousand local people, passing through southern Mexico, possibly near Palenque and through what is now Guatemala, Honduras, etc, destroying towns and temples as he went. A detailed account with a historical introduction. Published in the first series of the Hakluyt Society.

US$150. bookID # 12554


CUMMINS, J. S. (editor); The Travels and Controversies of Friar Domingo Navarrete 1618-1686. Cambridge, The Hakluyt Society, 1962, First Edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, cxx, 163, [i]; x, 165 - 475 pp, 18 plates and 6 maps, bibliog, index, orig cloth, gilt vignettes on front covers, gilt spine title lettering, dj's (spines slightly faded), fine & clean set, covers bright, a review copy with the review of David B. Quinn, noted scholar, that appeared in Quarterly Review, Liverpool University.

Navarrete was a Dominica missionary who traveled round the world but spent most of his time in China. This book is based on his published and manuscript writings and includes interesting accounts of Mexico, Philippines, Macao, China, India, Macassar, etc. An extensive introduction on Navarrete's life, character and writings, plus the original vivid style and interesting illustrations make this a useful account.

US$30. bookID # 12476


CURTIS, William Eleroy; The Capitals of Spanish America. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1888, First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xv, 715, 4 [ads] pp, folding color map frontis, hundreds of illus, including many full-page, index, original pictorial cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, cover stained, spine ends chipped, old tape mark, bookplate of J. Henry Harper, interior is quite good, clean, unmarked and sound.

Each of the capital cities of Mexico, Central America and South America and the surrounding areas are described with good illustrations. An attractively produced book. Hilton 2817. Markman 438. Welch 145.

US$40. bookID # 11990


DEVERDUN, Alfred Louis; The True Mexico; Mexico-Tenochtitlan. [Wisconsin], published by the author, 1938, First Edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 303 pp, colored frontis, plates from photos and drwgs, original cloth, dj (light wear, tear, chipped at spine ends, spine darkened, not price clipped), bookplate of Katherine Engel, very good copy, Signed by author..

An interesting book dealing with Mexico city and surrounding area, with much on the history of the area and important buildings, parks, palaces, etc.

US$25. bookID # 8398


FRANCK, Harry A.; Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, Being the Random Notes of an Incurable Vagabond. New York, The Century Co, 1916, First Edition, 8vo [21 x 14.5 cm]; [xiv], 378 pp, frontis, illustrations by the author's photos, color folding map showing the author's route, original green pictorial cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, small stain on spine, interior is clean, unmarked and near fine in very good cover.

One of the most popular travel writers of his day describes Mexico, including his visit to a mine, Lake Chapala, Michoacan, Tenochtitlan, Vera Cruz, etc and describes the scenery, people, Mayan ruins of Guatemala and Honduras. Very well illustrated showing the conditions of the time.

US$20. bookID # 11385


GADOW, Hans; Through Southern Mexico, being an Account of the Travels of a Naturalist. London, Witherby & Co., 1908, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 16 cm]; xvi, 527 pp, frontis, hundreds of illustrations mainly from photos, some drwgs, maps, including foldout, index, original red pictorial gilt cloth with gilt border and gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, a clean near fine copy, tight and solid.

The author describes the peoples, ruins, country-side and natural history and plants of the area south and east of Mexico City to the Gule of Campeche and the Pacific including Oaxaca, Mitla, Vera Cruz, San Luis, Chilpancingo, Ixtla, Cuernavaca, Puebla, etc. Very well-illustrated. Welch 158. Humphreys 2043. Spain & Spanish America 270. Wood 351.

US$240. bookID # 8002


GADOW, Hans; Through Southern Mexico, being an Account of the Travels of a Naturalist. London, Witherby & Co., 1908, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 16 cm]; xvi, 527 pp, frontis, hundreds of illustrations mainly from photos, some drwgs, maps, including foldout, index, original red pictorial gilt cloth with gilt border and gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, spine faded but lettering clear, bookplate of Sir Francis Denys Bart. on endpaper, title page lightly foxed, else a clean very good sound copy.

The author describes the peoples, ruins, country-side and natural history and plants of the area south and east of Mexico City to the Gule of Campeche and the Pacific including Oaxaca, Mitla, Vera Cruz, San Luis, Chilpancingo, Ixtla, Cuernavaca, Puebla, etc. Very well-illustrated. Welch 158. Humphreys 2043. Spain & Spanish America 270. Wood 351.

US$220. bookID # 10672


GILLIAM, Albert M.; Travels over the Table Lands and Cordilleras of Mexico During the Years 1843 and 44; Including a Description of California, The Principal Cities and Mining Districts of that Republic and Biographies of Iturbide and Santa Anna. Philadelphia; London, John W. Moore; Wiley & Putnam, 1846, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvi, [17]-455 pp, 10 lithographed plates including frontis (port), 3 folding maps, appendix, original brown blind-stamped cloth, edges and corners worn, spine lettered in gilt, almost no foxing, upper 2 inches of spine replaced with plain cloth, faint offset to title from frontis, else very good overall, interior is quite fresh and fine.

Wagner-Camp 120c:1. Howes G179. Hill 433: 'One of the principal travel books on Mexico in the 19th century. Two of the three maps cover United States territory, including what is now Northern California, Oregon and other portions of the Pacific Northwest'. Sabin 27412. Wheat Transmississippi 510, 511. Cowan p. 238. Graff 1554: 'contains considerable material about Oregon, California, Texas, the Texas revolution, annexation of Texas, etc'. The second edition of 1847 omitted some of the text and all the plates and maps. Palau 102243. Smith G24 cites only the second edition in 312 pages. Cole 177. Gunn 768.

US$680. bookID # 10990


GILLIAM, Albert M.; Travels over the Table Lands and Cordilleras of Mexico During the Years 1843 and 44; Including a Description of California, The Principal Cities and Mining Districts of that Republic and Biographies of Iturbide and Santa Anna. Philadelphia; London, John W. Moore; Wiley & Putnam, 1846, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvi, [17]-455 pp, 10 lithographed plates including frontis (port), 3 folding maps (one with tear), appendix, original brown blind-stamped cloth, edges and corners worn, spine lettered in gilt, moderate foxing on text pages but only slightly affecting plates, else very good.

Wagner-Camp 120c:1. Howes G179. Hill 433: 'One of the principal travel books on Mexico in the 19th century. Two of the three maps cover United States territory, including what is now Northern California, Oregon and other portions of the Pacific Northwest'. Sabin 27412. Wheat Transmississippi 510, 511. Cowan p. 238. Graff 1554: 'contains considerable material about Oregon, California, Texas, the Texas revolution, annexation of Texas, etc'. The second edition of 1847 omitted some of the text and the plates and maps. Palau 102243. Smith G24 cites only the second edition in 312 pages. Cole 177. Gunn 768.

US$800. bookID # 8431


GONZALEZ CARRANZA, Domingo; A Geographical Description of the Coasts, Harbours, and Sea Ports of the Spanish West-Indies; Particularly of Porto Bello, Cartagena, and the Island of Cuba; with Observations of the Currents, Variations of the Compass in the Bay of Mexico. . . .. London, Printed for the Editor Caleb Smith, 1740, First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 13.5 cm]; i-xi [i, verso blank], 13-136, [8] pp., 5 folding copper-engraved maps and charts (one with 3 cm tear at stub), modern full red calf, period style, gilt spine title lettering, raised bands with gilt, marbled endpapers, first 5 leaves neatly rehinged, bookplate of Alberto Parreno, near fine overall.

The work was translated by Caleb Smith from a manuscript, written in Spanish by Domingo Gonzales Carranza, his Catholic Majesty's Principal Pilot of the Flota in New Spain written in 1718. The fine maps are: [1] A New and Correct Chart or Map of the West Indies. &c. (28.3 x 39 cm; Gulf of Mexico, Southern U.S., Mexico, Central America and northern South America); [2] A Plan of the Harbour and City of La Vera Cruz 18.5 x 16.5 cm); [3] A Plan of the Harbour & City of Cartagena (18.8 x 15.1 cm); [4] A Plan of the Harbour and City of Havana (18.3 cm x 29 cm); [5] A Plan of the Harbour and Town of Porto Bello (19 x 22 cm), engraved by P. Harrison, the dimensions of the image, all with additional margins. With an appendix of Captain Parker's account of the taking of the town of Porto Bello in 1601. Palau 105157. Sabin 11030, 27899. Spain & Spanish America 219.

US$3800. bookID # 12984


GOOCH [IGLEHART], Fanny Chambers; Face to Face with the Mexicans: The Domestic Life, Educational, Social and Business Ways, Statesmanship, Literature, Legendary and General History of the Mexican People, as seen and Studied by an American Woman during Seven Years of Intercourse With Them. New York, Fords, Howard & Hulbert, [1887], , large 8vo [25 x 19 cm]; 584, [xii, ads] pp, frontis, two colored lithographed plates of flowers (chromolithograph), 200 other plates and illus, mostly from drwgs, some photos, musical notation, portraits, original pictorial cloth with flowers on front cover, gilt spine title lettering, spine rubbed and frayed at ends, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good interior clean and unmarked.

Spain & Spanish America 344. Smith I1. Cole 224: 'With tireless enthusiasm, unabashed curiosity, and a willingness to be challenged by the environment, the author probed dissimilar segments of Mexican society between 1880 and 1887....Her descriptions of things domestic, the home, the market place, the children, are superior to those of any traveller of this period'. With most attractive illustrations. A chapter on song and dance includes several pages of musical notation. The recent reprint in much abridged to 250 pages.

US$140. bookID # 9602


HARPER, Henry H.; A Journey in Southeastern Mexico; Narrative of Experiences, and Observations on Agricultural and Industrial Experiences. Boston, Printed Privately for the Author, 1910, First Edition (a limited number of copies issued privately, etc), 8vo [24 x 18 cm]; xiii, 100 pp, attractive etched frontis plate, original quarter vellum backed cloth covered boards, corners worn, short tears to lower spine, rubbed, uncut, internally clean with nice wide margins, a good sound copy, presentation copy signed by author to H. B. Willon.

The well-written account of the author's travels by land and water from Tampico to Tuxpam, with good description of the people, agriculture and customs.

US$10. bookID # 4111


HINTON, Jean and J. Rzedowski; George B. Hinton, Collector of Plants in Southwestern Mexico. Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts, Arnold Arboretum, 1972, offprint from the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, Vol. 53, Number 2, April 1972, 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; [141] - 181 pp, frontis portrait of Hinton, large folding map showing localities where he collected, tables, original heavy paper wraps with title lettering on cover, tiny chip at cover corner, some lower margins with light stain, very good complete article.

The most important plant collector in Mexico in the twentieth century, Hinton collected over 16,000 plants throughout Guerrero, Michoacan and Mexico, in inaccessible areas which had been previously unvisited by botanists. He found 350 new species and four new genera. This work provides biographical details, describes his collecting and lists species collected as well as locations with latitude, longitude, altitude, etc.

US$40. bookID # 12844


HUMBOLDT, Alexander de; Researches concerning the Institutions & Monuments of the Ancient Inhabitants of America, with Descriptions & Views of Some of the Most Striking Scenes in the Cordilleras. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, J. Murray, H. Colburn, 1814, First edition in English, translated from French by Helen Maria Williams, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes in one, iv, 411; [i], 324 pp, 20 plates on 19 sheets including 5 with original hand coloring, each volume with engraved title page and vignette, tables, bibliog, index, list of plates, contemporary cloth, gilt spine title lettering and rules, internal hinge cracked but firm, very slight foxing on few leaves, but a clean unmarked copy, near fine, with a 9-line letter in hand of author & a cut down als address panel with wax seal.

Both the letter and envelope panel are in ink by author and tipped-in to front endpaper. Written in French, Humboldt commends the recipient's lecture and will recommend it to those interested in Italian literature. Sabin 33751. Goodman 622. Welch 161. Field 740. Humboldt was the most influential scientist of his time and traveled widely in Spanish America from 1799-1804. The work describes the geography and ruins he observed in Mexico and Peru and is one of the earliest archaeological works on the Aztec and Inca civilizations, with excellent plates.

US$2450. bookID # 12915


HUMBOLDT, Alexander de; Researches concerning the Institutions and Monuments of the Ancient Inhabitants of America, with Descriptions & Views of Some of the Most Striking Scenes in the Cordilleras. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown; J. Murray; H. Colburn, 1814, First edition in English, translated from French by Helen Maria Williams, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes in one, iv, 411; [i], 324 pp, 20 plates on 19 sheets including 5 with original hand coloring, each volume with engraved title page and vignette, tables, bibliog, index, list of plates, original paper-covered boards with recent cloth spine, boards worn, title lettering on spine paper labels, name on endpaper, title page & few other page margins lightly foxed, interior is clean & unmarked, duplicate of 6-leaf signature in vol. II.

Sabin 33751. Goodman 622. Welch 161. Field 740. Humboldt was the most influential scientist of his time and traveled widely in Spanish America from 1799-1804. The work describes the geography and ruins he observed in Mexico and Peru and is one of the earliest archaeological works on the Aztec and Inca civilizations, with excellent plates. The engraved title pages have vignettes of Pyramid of Cholula on one and Cotopaxi on other.

US$850. bookID # 13595


HUMBOLDT, Alexander de [von]; Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain; Containing Researches Relative to the Geography of Mexico...the Physical Aspect of the Country, the Population, the State of Agriculture, Manufacturing, Commercial. . Canals, Precious Metals. . . Military. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown; H. Colburn; W. Blackwood, etc, 1811, First Edition in English, translated from the French by John Black, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 4 volumes, xvi, i, ii, cxlv, 289; 531; 493; 374, [47l, index, [iii, ads] pp, 2 tinted plates, 16 maps, charts & profiles on 9 sheets including 8 folding, many tables, 2 folding map frontispieces, others at end of volume 4, later full leatherette, each spine with gilt title lettering on leather label, minor foxing on just a few leaves, overall quite clean, near fine set with all maps and plates in very nice condition.

Von Humboldt, together with the French botanist Aime Bonpland, travelled extensively through Spanish America from 1799 to 1804 and recorded observations on geology, geography, zoology, botany and the political and social life. He made a profile of Mexico, the first of any complete country. He describes the population, agriculture, mining, taxes, military forces and every conceivable subject with extensive tables of data. Mayer 166: "a monumental work". Hill 150: "The rare first English edition is a cornerstone of any collection on Mexico. Complete sets with all the maps and plates are now extremely scarce". The author also travelled in California and Texas. Howes H786: "Of superlative California importance". Sabin 33715. Aside from the frontispieces in other volumes, one of them with 8 insets, the other nine maps, charts, profiles and plates (of mountain views) are bound in together at end of volume 4 with a separate title page and index. The fine maps include Plan and Port of Acapulco; Plan and Port of Veracruz; Valley of Mexico; large and detailed map of Mexico which Wheat called a "truly magnificent cartographic achievement"; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 303. 3 folding profiles.

US$3200. bookID # 13804


LAMB, Dana and Ginger; Quest of the Lost City. New York, Harper & Brothers, [1951], , 8vo [21 x 15 cm]; x, 340 pp, 16 pages of photo illustrations, map endpapers, original cloth-backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj (spine ends with large chips, wear, not price clipped), previous owner's bookplate on endpaper, but a very good+, clean copy in good dj.

The authors travelled down the west coast of Mexico into the land of the Mayas to explore a lost city in Chiapas, just north of Guatemala. 'It would be difficult to think of any type of danger or daring achievement which is not compassed within the tale'. (New York Times). "An adventure classic" - J. W. Vandercook.

US$12. bookID # 13818


LANDIVAR, Rafael, translated with an introduction by Graydon W. Regenos; Rafael Landivar's Rusticatio Mexicana [Mexican Country Scenes]. New Orleans, Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University of Louisiana, 1948, First edition in English in book form, 4to [26.5 x 20.5 cm]; [ii], 157-312 pp, plates from early sources, facsimile of orig title page, index, the introduction is in English, the text is in both the original Latin and in English translation, double columns, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, light cover wear, small light stain in a few outer margins, very good, solid and tight copy.

Originally published as part of the Middle American Research journal, the work describes early travel in Mexico and first published in Latin in 1782. The narrative includes the lakes of Mexico, Jorullo, waterfalls of Guatemala, cochineal, indigo production, beavers, mining, sugar, cattle, birds, animals, sports, etc with some historic illustrations, one of the Voladores (flyers) still practiced in Papantla near El Tajin, others include sugar mills.

US$60. bookID # 12090


LATROBE, Charles Joseph; The Rambler in Mexico: 1834. London, R. B. Seeley and W. Burnside, 1836, First edition, 12mo [19 x 12 cm]; viii, 309 pp, engraved folding map frontis, with an inset of routes from Mexico City to Ver Cruz and Tampico, and inset table of altitudes, contemporary half calf, gilt spine title lettering, rubbed, edge wear, bookplate removed from endpaper, number on verso title, interior quite clean and near fine in good cover.

Humphreys 1982. Sabin 39221. The author travelled extensively around Mexico City and through central and eastern regions, describing the cities and town, mines, topography, the people, institutions, antiquities, mountains, customs, bull fights, opera, adventures, etc. The New York edition was not issued with the folding map and many copies of the London edition also lack the map.

US$170. bookID # 12048


LOWE, Percy R.; A Naturalist on Desert Islands. London, New York, Witherby & Co., Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911, First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xii, 300, [i, publisher's ads] pp, frontis and numerous plates from photos, other illustrations from drawings, 3 maps including 2 in color (one folding), index, original blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering and vignette, small spot on front cover, else near fine, interior quite clean and unmarked.

Based on yachting travels in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico over six consecutive winters, the author describes his experiences and adventures on several islands, including Swan, Blanquilla, the Hermanos islands belonging to Honduras and Venezuela, with much on coral, birds, fish, plants, animal life in water and on land, hidden treasure and on the people he met.

US$35. bookID # 12518


LOWE, Percy R.; A Naturalist on Desert Islands. London, New York, Witherby & Co., Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911, First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xii, 300, [i, publisher's ads] pp, frontis and numerous plates from photos, other illustrations from drawings, 3 maps including 2 in color (one folding), index, original blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering and vignette, light stain on outer, lower corner of covers, interior is clean and unmarked, very good sound copy.

Based on yachting travels in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico over six consecutive winters, the author describes his experiences and adventures on several islands, including Swan, Blanquilla, the Hermanos islands belonging to Honduras and Venezuela, with much on coral, birds, fish, plants, animal life in water and on land, hidden treasure and on the people he met.

US$25. bookID # 13265


MARKHAM, Clements R,; The Natural & Moral History of the Indies by Father Joseph de Acosta, Reprinted from the English Translated Edition of Edward Grimston 1604, and edited with notes and an Introduction. London, The Hakluyt Society, 1880, First edition thus, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, xlv, 295; xiii, [295] - 551 pp, index, original blue blind-stamped cloth, gilt vignette, gilt spine title lettering, spines a little faded and bit worn at edges, rear endpaper of volume I pasted down, very good, clean copy.

'It contains an exposition of the ideas of learned men of the sixteenth century on physical geography, and it is one of the leading authorities on the ancient civilizations of Peru and Mexico.. . . The Natural History of Acosta has been much used by subsequent writers on Peru and Mexico.' [Introduction]. Markham provides a good historical introduction to the work. Volume I is devoted to the natural history of the regions with considerable detail. Volume II is on the customs, beliefs, festivals, ceremonies, etc, of the native peoples.

US$700. bookID # 10150


MARTINEZ, Jose LONGINOS; Journal of Jose Longinos Martinez; Notes and Observations of the Naturalist of the Botanical Expedition in Old and New California and the South Coast. [San Francisco], John Howell - Books, 1961, edition limited to 1,000 copies, 8vo [25 x 15 cm]; xvii, 114 pp, 3 folding maps, table, bibliog, timetable of journey, glossary, title and chapter headings printed in pink and black, original gilt decorated cloth, gilt lettering on spine, fine clean copy, in clear mylar jacket.

First published in 1938, this edition has been freshly translated, with new material, additional maps and better organized by Lesley Byrd Simpson for the Santa Barbara Historical Society. Based on the author's travels of over 4,000 miles in 1788 from Mexico City to San Blas, through California, Cape San Lucas, San Miguel, San Diego, Monterey with good description of the country, the geography, nature, plants, the natives and their customs, etc. This copy with a loose hand-written letter from bookdealer, dated 1989, about inquiry of Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew searching for a copy of this book.

US$50. bookID # 12827


MAYER, Brantz; Mexico, Aztec, Spanish and Republican: a Historical, Geographical, Political, Statistical & Social Account of that Country from the Period of the Invasion by the Spaniards to the Present Time; with a View of the Ancient Aztec Empire & Civilization. Hartford, S. Drake and Company, 1852, , 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 2 volumes in one, [iv], 433; 399 pp, engraved frontis portrait in each volume, numerous illustrations and plates, views, maps, tables, original pictorial gilt cloth, elaborately gilted spine with title lettering and vignettes, all edges gilted, cover edges worn, joint cracked, hinges re-enforced, lightly foxed, some leaves at end with light marginal stain, else very good.

A well-illustrated and detailed 832 page work by the former Secretary of the US legation to Mexico. The last 50 pages of the work deal with New Mexico and California, with illustrations, plates (eg, views of Santa Fe, Bay of San Francisco, Sierra Nevada pass), statistical tables, etc. Sabin 47100. Cowan 421. Bernal 304. Ramos 2911.

US$140. bookID # 13598


MCVAUGH, Rogers; Edward Palmer; Plant Explorer of the American West. Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, [1956], First Edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xvii, 430 pp, illustrations, maps, bibliography, index, original pictorial cloth, spine title lettering, slightly foxed at outer edge of text block, clean, unmarked, near fine in dj (wear at edges, rear panel repaired, price clipped).

This the first published account on Palmer, one of the greatest plant hunters in America, who collected over 100,000 plants as well as thousands of archaeological, ethnological and zoological items throughout Mexico, Texas, Florida and the American west. Appendices include chronology of his plant collections and locations, field notes, herbaria known to have plants he collected.

US$15. bookID # 13549


NILES, John M. [published anonymously]; A View of South-America and Mexico, comprising their History, the Political Condition, Geography, Agriculture, Commerce &c of the Republics of Mexico, Guatemala, Columbia, Peru, the United Provinces of South America and Chile with a Complete History. . .. New York, H. Huntington, Jr, 1825, First edition, 12mo [19 x 11 cm]; two volumes in one, each with a title-page, [iv], 223; 263 pp, frontis in photocopy (portrait of Simon Bolivar), table of populations of Central American countries, contemporary full calf, gilt decorated spine and title lettering, rubbed, blank rear endpaper lacking, light foxing, good.

Welch p. 12, listing only the 1826 and 1827 editions. Sabin 99547. Shaw 21697. Howes N156 lists only the 1837 edition. The title says it all, but this is also the first major description of the South American revolutions to appear in the US. The author was a senator for Connecticut.

US$50. bookID # 11392


ONEAL, Cora M.; Gardens and Homes of Mexico. Dallas, Banks Upshaw and Company, [1947], Second edition, revised, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xiv, [ii], 221, [iii] pp, frontis (portrait of author), plates from photos, map, bibliog, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, small ink spot on title page, slight musty smell , clean, very good+ copy, signed by author in ink.

An interesting and very well-illustrated work covering pre-conquest gardens, colonial homes and gardens, colonial public buildings with gardens, modern homes and gardens, plants and trees of Mexico. The last chapter is on orchids and orchid hunting.

US$30. bookID # 8396


PEISSEL, Michel; The Great Himalayan Passage; The Story of an Extraordinary Adventure on the Roof of the World. Boston, Toronto, Little, Brown and Company, [1975], First American Edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; 254 pp, 60 color and bw illustrations from photos, map endpapers showing route, original cloth, dj (light wear at spine ends, price clipped), else near fine clean copy.

A 1200 mile journey up 12 different rivers in Nepal, previously thought to be unnavigable, from India to Tibet, via hovercraft. The author had previously discovered the Mayan ruins at Quintana Roo in Mexico and became the youngest member of the New York Explorers Club. He was the first foreigner to explore the kingdom of Mustang in Tibet and travelled 3500 miles in the Himalayas of Nepal, Bhutan and India.

US$6. bookID # 6825


PRIESTLEY, J. B., Jacquetta Hawkes; Journey Down a Rainbow. London, Heinemann-Cresset, 1955, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; xii, 289 pp, original green cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (chip at edge, light wear, not price clipped), very good.

Travels in New Mexico to study the culture of the Pueblo and Navaho Indians, their arts and crafts and memorial rites and to Texas to contrast and compare the contemporary cultures. Interesting observations by this famous novelist and playwright and his archaeologist wife.

US$5. bookID # 7516


RICKARD, T. A.; Journeys of Observation. San Francisco, Dewey Publishing Company, 1907, First edition in book form, first issue, 'author's edition', large 8vo [24.5 x 17 cm]; 2 volumes in one, xvi, 255; vii, 130 pp, frontis with tissue guard, maps, 142 illustrations photos, mostly full-page, 40 illustrations from drawings, tables, title printed in red and black, maps, original pictorial cloth, top edge gilted, cover lightly rubbed but a fine copy, clean with large margins, untrimmed, presentation copy from the author, dated 1913 and bookplate of Edward Thurston on endpaper.

The first work is Among the Mines of Mexico, being the record of a journey from New York to Mexico, together with a description of the mining industry of El Oro, Pachuca and Guanajuato, as observed in 1905. The second work is Across the San Juan Mountains, being the account of a ride over the mountainous mining regions of Southwestern Colorado in 1902. Both works were originally published in the Engineering and Mining Journal which the author edited, and although the emphasis is on mining in the regions, includes much on conditions, geography, geology, economy, customs, working conditions, etc. Cole 349 (American Travellers in Mexico). Very well illustrated from photos and drawings, including the people, markets, views, roads through the mountains, geology, mining equipment, etc.

US$130. bookID # 7802


RICKARD, T. A.; Journeys of Observation. San Francisco, Dewey Publishing Company, 1907, First edition in book form, first issue, 'author's edition', large 8vo [24.5 x 17 cm]; 2 volumes in one, xvi, 255; vii, 130 pp, frontis with tissue guard, maps, 142 illustrations photos, mostly full-page, 40 illustrations from drawings, tables, title printed in red and black, maps, original pictorial cloth, top edge gilted, lightly worn at edges, else a near fine, clean copy.

The first work is Among the Mines of Mexico, being the record of a journey from New York to Mexico, together with a description of the mining industry of El Oro, Pachuca and Guanajuato, as observed in 1905. The second work is Across the San Juan Mountains, being the account of a ride over the mountainous mining regions of Southwestern Colorado in 1902. Both works were originally published in the Engineering and Mining Journal which the author edited, and although the emphasis is on mining in the regions, includes much on conditions, geography, geology, economy, customs, working conditions, etc. Cole 349 (American Travellers in Mexico). Very well illustrated from photos and drawings, including the people, markets, views, roads through the mountains, geology, mining equipment, etc.

US$80. bookID # 13803


RODMAN, Selden; The Road to Panama. New York, Hawthorn Books, [1966], First edition, 4to [26 x 18 cm]; 224 pp, frontis and numerous illustrations from the drawings of Bill Negron, endpaper maps showing author's routes, index, original two-part cloth with vignette, spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped, tear, chipped at upper edge), fine and clean in very good jacket.

The author, an art critic, lecturer and recognized authority on Latin America, as well as writer of several books, travelled with Negron, through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama including Darien, and provides an entertaining description of his encounters.

US$16. bookID # 13238


SANBORN, Helen J.; A Winter in Central America and Mexico. Boston, Lee and Shepard Publishers, 1886, First edition, 12mo [17.5 x 13 cm]; iv, 321, [ii, ads] pp, original pictorial cloth, decorated in black, with gilt lettering on front cover and spine, light cover wear, mainly at spine ends, very good, interior clean.

Smith (American Travellers Abroad) S4. Welch p. 64. The author accompanied her father, James Sanborn of the coffee firm Chase and Sanborn, in search of coffee. The book describes their travels in most Central American areas with descriptions of the people, Indians, society, culture and even some description of coffee plantations and cultivation.

US$90. bookID # 13050


SAVOY, Gene; On the Trail of the Feathered Serpent. Indianapolis, New York, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1974], First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; xi, [i], 216, [i] pp, numerous illustrations from photos and drwgs, endpaper maps, original cloth, dj (price clipped), fine and clean.

The archaeologist author, who noted the similarities of native artifacts in South and Central America and the legends of Viracocha and Quetzalcoatl, built a reed vessel to sail from South America to Mexico, showing the possible influence between Aztec and Incan civilizations.

US$5. bookID # 6076


SCHAEFFER, L. M.; Sketches of Travels in South America, Mexico and California. New York, James Egbert, 1860, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; 247 pp, original brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends a bit worn, name on endpaper, covers bright, interior is clean, fine and unmarked, very good cover.

Sabin 77485. Welch 170. Spain & Sp. America II, 543. Gunn 1024. Hill 1535. Graf 3691. Smith S16: "A 49'er who sailed around the Horn to California and returned via the Isthmus in 1852". Cowan 208: 'The author arrived at San Francisco in September 1849 and nearly the entire work is devoted to California. His narrations are exceedingly interesting.' The author provides some fascinating observations on the California gold rush, as well as the difficulties in travelling there.

US$95. bookID # 13723


SCHAEFFER, L. M.; Sketches of Travels in South America, Mexico and California. New York, James Egbert, 1860, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; 247 pp, original brown blind-stamped cloth, rubbed, spine ends a bit frayed, spine faded, light stain in lower margin, good sound copy.

Sabin 77485. Welch 170. Spain & Sp. America II, 543. Gunn 1024. Hill 1535. Graf 3691. Smith S16: "A 49'er who sailed around the Horn to California and returned via the Isthmus in 1852". Cowan 208: 'The author arrived at San Francisco in September 1849 and nearly the entire work is devoted to California. His narrations are exceedingly interesting.' The author provides some fascinating observations on the California gold rush.

US$70. bookID # 7457


SCHELE, Linda and David Freidel; A Forest of Kings; The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya. New York, William Morrow and Company, [1990], , large 8vo [26 x 18 cm]; 542 pp, color photos, black & white photos, over 250 drawings, hieroglyphs, maps, plans, bibliog, index, original cloth-backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine and clean, no marks or ownerships.

A scholarly and well-illustrated history of the Maya based on the their hieroglyphs by the premier authorities on the subject. Very well-illustrated.

US$4. bookID # 13284


STACY-JUDD, Robert B.; The Ancient Mayas; Adventures in the Jungles of Yucatan. Los Angeles, Haskell-Travers, [1934], First Edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; 277 pp, frontis (map), plates from photos, headpieces, original cloth, slight wear at edges, bookplate on endpaper, printed on tinted paper, near fine.

An excellent travel book. A previous owner has added loose photos of several of the archaeological ruins, from similar viewpoints.

US$18. bookID # 2524


STARR, Frederick; In Indian Mexico; A Narrative of Travel and Labor. Chicago, Forbes & Company, 1908, First edition, thick 8vo [24.5 x 16 cm]; xi, 425 pp, numerous plates and frontis from photos by author, some plates with two photos, itinerary, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine edge a little rubbed, endpaper name, internal hinge repair, interior is clean and fine in very good+ cover.

Hand S480. The anthropologist author's earlier work, Indians of Southern Mexico, produced in only a limited edition was highly regarded but consists of mostly photos (but excellent ones), although he published a number of other papers, mostly short, on the subject. This work provides a detailed travel narrative through Oaxaca, Chiapis, parts of Guatemala, Dos Rios to photograph the Otamis of Huixquilucan, to Patzcuaro to study the Tarascans, to Uruapan, Tlaxcala, Cuauhtlantzinco, Zamora, states of Puebla, Hidalgo and many others, travelling by railroad where possible, or steamer, horseback, etc. Based on several expeditions from 1896 to 1901, the author was able to greatly expand his earlier works and produce this important book that preserves much information which is not available elsewhere and of towns and regions that have greatly changed in the last 100 years. 'A first hand, reliable picture. . . an outstanding work' (Emory Bogardus).

US$210. bookID # 12269


TEMPSKY, G. F. Von, edited by J. S. Bell; Mitla, a Narrative of Incidents and Personal Adventures on a Journey in Mexico, Guatemala and Salvador in the Years 1853 to 1855 with Observations on the Modes of Life in Those Countries. London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, 1858, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xv, [i], 436 pp, 14 plates (complete) of which 5 are colored lithographs with added hand coloring including a double-page and frontis and plans, 2 other illus, hand colored folding map (short tear at stub), tables, contemporary full red prize morocco with gilt decorations & title lettering on spine, all edges gilted, rubbed at edges, prize bookplate dated 1878, joint crack but firm, interior clean and near fine with only a hint of foxing in very good covers.

The author traveled from San Francisco to Mazatlan, Durango, Mexico City, Puebla, Mitla, Tehuantepec, Guatemala, Santa Catarina, Salvador, and well over 100 smaller towns, providing excellent descriptions of the locations, the people, conditions, countryside, etc. The ancient ruins at Mitla are described and illustrated. The plates are superb examples of early chromolithography. Abbey Travel 665. Palau 329979. Humphreys 1745. Welch 114. Spain & Spanish America II, 623.

US$1100. bookID # 11538


TEMPSKY, G. F. Von, edited by J. S. Bell; Mitla, a Narrative of Incidents and Personal Adventures on a Journey in Mexico, Guatemala and Salvador in the Years 1853 to 1855 with Observations on the Modes of Life in Those Countries. London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, 1858, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xv, [i], 436 pp, 14 plates (complete) of which 5 are colored lithographs with added hand coloring including a double-page and frontis and plans, 2 other illus, hand colored folding map (short tear at stub), tables, contemporary half morocco with gilt decorations & title lettering on spine, marbled endpapers, light wear at spine edge, light stains in margins of some plates, very good sound copy in handsome binding.

The author traveled from San Francisco to Mazatlan, Durango, Mexico City, Puebla, Mitla, Tehuantepec, Guatemala, Santa Catarina, Salvador, and well over 100 smaller towns, providing excellent descriptions of the locations, the people, conditions, countryside, etc. The ancient ruins at Mitla are described and illustrated. The plates are superb examples of early chromolithography. Abbey Travel 665. Palau 329979. Humphreys 1745. Welch 114. Spain & Spanish America II, 623.

US$1200. bookID # 11297


TERRY, T. Philip; Terry's Guide to Mexico, the New Standard Guidebook to the Mexican Republic with chapters on Cuba, the Bahama Islands and the Ocean Routes to Mexico. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1925, revised by Robert C. Terry, thick 16mo [16 x 12 cm]; ccxlix, 589, [xxxi, ads with illus] pp, 29 folding, mostly colored maps and plans, index, original red cloth with gilt title lettering on spine and cover, spine lettering faded, else near fine, clean and unmarked.

The standard guide to Mexico with sections on each region in considerable detail and details on all aspects of Mexico and customs, etc. 'The circumspect treat Mescal with due respect and imbibe it in prudent quantities'. The maps include street plans of most major towns and cities, as well as of regions and entire country. Valuable historical information. The illustrated ads are quite fascinating.

US$60. bookID # 12079


THOMPSON, Waddy; Recollections of Mexico. New York & London, Wiley and Putnam, 1846, First edition, 8vo [20 x 14 cm]; x, 304 pp, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine worn, chipped and repaired, edges worn, interior is clean and near fine with only occasional spotting, in good cover.

Welch 172. Raines 204. Sabin 95537. Coles 431: 'He reached an agreement with the Mexicans which freed several groups of Texans who had undertaken military expeditions against Mexico; he persuaded the Mexican government to continue to allow American immigrants into California; he made some progress toward the peaceful purchase of California, and he reached several agreements with the Mexicans over American claims. Thompson writes about these activities but the book is mostly concerned with Mexico'. The author describes the country, its people, economy, productions, history, customs, etc and provides an appendix of diplomatic letters and reports. Hill 591: 'There is some description of California in 1844'.

US$95. bookID # 10991


TRASK, David, Michael C. Meyer, Roger R. Trask; A Bibliography of United States - Latin American Relations Since 1810; A Selected List of Eleven Thousand Published References. Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, [1969], , 4to [26 x 18.5 cm]; xxxi, 441 pp, abbreviations, key to journals, index, original blue cloth, clean and fine condition.

A basic reference covering each country in Central & South America and Mexico with sections on each historical period.

US$5. bookID # 7063


TREE, Isabella; Sliced Iguana; Travels in Unknown Mexico. London, Hamish Hamilton, [2001], First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xv, 317 pp, double page map with inset of central Mexico, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine, clean.

A narrative of the author's travels in five regions of Mexico including Chiapas, Juchitan, Lake Patzcuaro, Huichol, San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, with good descriptions of some of the more out of the way areas, customs, such as partaking of peyote, self-flagellating penitents, pilgrimages, shamanic rituals, matriarchies, ancient mysticism, , etc, funny, moving and well-written.

US$16. bookID # 11589


VARGAS, C. Manual M.; Proyecto de una Vía de Comunicación de la Mesa Central a la Costa de Papantla, pasando por el distrito de Tlatlauqui, promovido ante la asamblea del estado por el diputado a la misma. Puebla, Imprenta del Hospicio, 1874, First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 15 cm]; 19 pp, large lithographed map [56 by 31 cm between neat lines], original blue heavy paper wraps with title lettering in border on cover, very light stain, upper corner of margins of pamphlet chipped, few tiny wormholes on blank portion of map, overall very good.

The author describes the proposal for a railroad with the potential route surveyed and describes the benefits of such a route, and provides a section on the resources of the area, and the agricultural sector in some detail. Palau 352380. This is a presentation copy, signed by the author in ink, to General Juan N. Mendez, a prominent Puebla political figure. The author describes a project for a communication line, a railroad, from Central Mesa to the coast of Papantla, passing by the district of Tlatlauqui. The large map is titled 'Croquis del trazo de una nueva via proyectada de la Mesa Central á la costa de Papantla por Tlatlauqui'.

US$370. bookID # 12400


VAZQUEZ DE ESPINOSA, Antonio; Compendium and Description of the West Indies. Washington, Smithsonian Institution, 1942, First edition, thick 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xii, 862 pp, tables, detailed index, black morocco backed marbled boards, gilt title lettering on red leather spine labels, small white mark on outer corner of title page but a clean and fine copy in attractive custom binding.

Charles Upson Clark, who wrote the fascinating introduction that provides a detailed historical overview to this work, spent three years researching and translating this book from the original Spanish written over a period ending about 1629. It provides great insights into the conditions of the time, early explorations, the native peoples, Spanish rule, etc. Contrary to its title, it deals with Spanish America, including Peru, Bolivia, Central America, Mexico, etc including relevant observations of Maya and Incan life.

US$60. bookID # 11814


VOGT, Evon Z.; Zinacantan, A Maya Community in the Highlands of Chiapas. Cambridge, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969, First edition, 4to [25 x 18 cm]; xxix,733 pp, 200 illustrations from photos and drwgs, 8 maps, 16 tables, bibliog, index, original yellow cloth, spine title lettering, dj (edge wear, tear, price clipped), very good clean copy.

A scholarly and very detailed work by this Harvard professor, with detailed ethnographic data on these people and relating the contemporary Zinacenteco patterns to the ancient Maya of Mexico and Guatemala, social and cultural changes, etc.

US$30. bookID # 10636


VON HAGEN, Victor Wolfgang; illustrated by Alberto Betran; The Ancient Sun Kingdoms of the Americas. Cleveland and New York, The World Publishing Company, [1961], First Edition, 8vo [24 x 18 cm] ; 617, [iii] pp, 220 illustrations including plans, maps, color plates, many photo illus, bibliog, index, original cloth and paper covered pictorial bds, dj (lightly rubbed at edge, not price clipped), signature on endpaper, else near fine in very good dj.

The author of over 40 books, conducted numerous expeditions to South America and Mexico to study the Aztec, Maya and Incan peoples. He writes about their customs, daily life and the discovery of their lost cities in the jungles. A very readable and interesting book, nicely illustrated.

US$14. bookID # 11099


WALLACE, Dillon; Beyond the Mexican Sierras. Chicago, A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; xxxv, 301 pp, 75 plates from photos, including frontis, large colored folding map, index, original green cloth, white title lettering on spine and cover, spine slightly faded, lettering clear, clean, unmarked, near fine copy.

The author of "The Lure of the Labrador Wild", and other books, describes his extensive travels in western Mexico, from San Blas, Santiago River, Tepic, Mexcaltatan, Mazatlan, including many small towns, Canelas, Tepehuanes, Monterey, Altata, Santiago Ixcuintla, etc, with descriptions of peoples, customs, conditions, agriculture, mining, haciendas, indigenous peoples. The fine detailed map shows roads, railroads, towns, etc. Cole 447 (American Travellers to Mexico): 'An interesting account with many good photographs'.

US$50. bookID # 13786


WILLIAMS, J. J.; The Isthmus of Tehuantepec; being the Results of a Survey for a Railroad to Connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, made by the Scientific Commission under the Direction of Major J.G. Barnard, U.S. Engineers. New York, D. Appleton & Co, 1852, First Edition, 8vo [23.5 x 15 cm]; 295, [errata slip] pp, 14 tinted or partly colored plates by Sarony including frontis, tissue guards, geological section plate, folding chart, folding map, tables, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering is clear, small light stain on cover, lightly rubbed, lightly foxed, mainly to tissue guards, faint small erasure on title margin, overall very good, sound and solid copy.

The work was commissioned by the Tehuantepec Railroad Company of New York to propose an interoceanic railway. Reports on geography, topography, geology, economy, climate, animals, flora, illustrated with attractive plates and the often lacking errata slip. With much on southern Mexico especially Veracruz and Oaxaca. Sabin 3480. Bryan 91. Palau 375712

US$320. bookID # 12890


WORTLEY, Lady Emmeline Stuart; Travels in the United States. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1853, , 12mo [ 19.5 x 13 cm]; xii, [13]-463, 8 [ads] pp, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, light foxing, initials on endpaper, very good sound copy.

Howes W687. Sabin 93220. Clarke III:419. Robinson 121: 'An obsessive traveller. . . She did not confine herself toe the east coast [of the US] like good English aristocrats should, but insisted on exploring Mexico, crossing the isthmus of Panama and then sailing down to Lima in Peru'. Besides these places she also stopped off in Cuba. Interesting observations of all the places she visited with much on US, including the southern states, Mexico, Panama and Peru. The first edition was published in London in 1851.

US$60. bookID # 11506


WRIGHT, I. A.; Spanish Documents Concerning English Voyages to the Caribbean 1527-1568; selected from the Archives of the Indies at Seville. London, The Hakluyt Society, 1929, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 14.5 cm]; x, 167, xlvii [ads] pp, frontis (facsimile letter of Miguel de Castellanos, 1568), 2 maps, including folding, bibliog, index, original blind-stamped blue cloth, gilt vignette on covers, gilt lettering on spine, dj (chipped, about third of spine lacking), a fine and bright copy, rarely found in a dj.

This fascinating set of 29 documents on the various expeditions of the period is presented with a good introduction that provides the historical background, of this important era in the Caribbean, Spanish Main, Gulf of Mexico, where Spain and England were struggling for world supremacy.

US$150. bookID # 10342


WRIGHT, I. A.; Spanish Documents Concerning English Voyages to the Caribbean 1527-1568; selected from the Archives of the Indies at Seville. London, The Hakluyt Society, 1929, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 14.5 cm]; x, 167, xlvii [ads] pp, frontis (facsimile letter of Miguel de Castellanos, 1568), 2 maps, including folding, bibliog, index, original blind-stamped blue cloth, gilt vignette on covers, gilt title lettering on spine, spine slightly faded, lettering clear, fine, clean copy, unmarked.

This fascinating set of 29 documents on the various expeditions of the period is presented with a good introduction that provides the historical background, of this important era in the Caribbean, Spanish Main, Gulf of Mexico, where Spain and England were struggling for world supremacy.

US$130. bookID # 12494


WRIGHT, Ronald; Time Among the Maya; Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. Markham, London, New York, Viking, [1989], First Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; x, 451, [i] pp, maps, glossary, bibliog, index, original pictorial cloth backed boards, dj (not price clipped), fine in fine dj.

The author travelled extensively through jungles, towns and back roads, to barely accessible old ruins, to describe life and spirit among the Mayans, both current and ancient, in an enjoyable mix of journalism, archaeology, history and ethnology. One of the best modern works on the subject.

US$6. bookID # 6425


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