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    Thirteen Gorgeous
    Double-Page Chromolithographs

    [Atlases]. Antonio Garcia y Cubas. [Atlas pintoresco e historico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos...] Mexico: Publicado por Debray Sucesores, [1885 or 1897]. First edition or the later re-issue as the 1885 first edition and 1897 reissue are virtually identical, and without the title-page we cannot determine which edition this is. Large folio. Approximately 24.25 x 15 inches. Thirteen double-page chromolithographs, folded in half vertically and mounted on stubs. Lacking the title-page. Bound in contemporary quarter red morocco over brown-cloth tipped marbled boards, spine stamped in gilt. Binding quite worn, front joint cracking, hinges reinforced with green cloth tape, chromolithographs a bit toned with some occasional thumbsoiling and rubbing. Versos of chromolithographs offset with some soiling. Still a very good example of this magnificent production, one of the most colorful and best-executed nineteenth-century color printed books.

    "Atlas pintoresco e historico was a highly polished presentation of the character of the state defined through a variety of statistics graphically presented in beautiful thematic maps.... The imagery on the ethnographic map treated the 'white race' respectfully by contrast to the more intrusive images of indigenous peoples. Again, on the map dedicated to education...a host of portraits-almost entirely of white men-pay homage to Mexico's literate society, while the color scheme of the map itself parallels the color hierarchy of Mexican society by displaying literacy rates from high (in white) to low (in brown)." (Osher Library, Mapping Latin America...). Palau 98736. Phillips, Atlases 2686.

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