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    One of the High Points in the Development of Lithography in Mexico

    Gustavo Baz, and E[duardo]. 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 and Statistical Notes by Gustavo Baz & E. L. Gallo. Translated into English by George F. Henderson. Mexico [City]: Gallo & Co. Editors, 1876.

    First edition in English (first published in Spanish in 1874 as Historia del ferrocarril mexicano). Large folio (14.875 x 10.375 inches; 378 x 263 mm.). [4], 9-211, [1, blank] pages. Complete with added chromolithographed title drawn on stone by S. Hernandez and printed by H. Iriarte, thirty-two tinted lithographed plates drawn on stone by S. Hernandez, A. Orellana F. Poceros, Adolfo R. Sanchez, and J. Villasana, and printed by H. Iriarte and Llano y Cía., and folding lithographed map ("Plan and Profile of the Mexican Railway. And former Project of Colonel Talcott C. E.") by H. Iriarte. Text in double columns. Wood-engraved vignette on title and decorative wood-engraved initials. Printer's imprint on verso of title: "Printing Office of F. Escalante. Bajos S. Agustin Street.-Mexico."

    Original brown morocco-grain cloth over boards. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover lettered in gilt: Scientific, Historical, and Statistical Notes on Mexico. The binding is somewhat rubbed and worn, with a few small stains or areas of discoloration, the cloth spine has perished, the front joint is cracked and barely holding, the rear joint is still holding. Some foxing and browning, as is to be expected, and slight offsetting from the plates to the text. Added chromolithographed title with a short tear to the outer blank margin, not affecting the image, and a slight vertical abrasion to the image, short tear to the outer blank margin of the plate facing page 98. Some light staining to pages 154/155, a few small stains on the fore-edge, just visible on the edge of a few leaves. Overall, a very good copy.

    Compiled to celebrate to completion of the first Mexican railway from Veracruz on the Atlantic to Mexico City high in the interior. The text follows the route with detailed descriptive, historical, and scientific accounts of the cities and areas passed, including the branch lines to Jalapa and Puebla. The striking lithographs include two plates of portraits of the "Engineers and Projectors of the Mexican Railway," scenes along the railway's route, including bridges, stations, and tunnels, and city views, including a stunning panorama bird's-eye view of Mexico.

    Palau 25914. See Mathes, Mexico on Stone, pp. 39-41 and 59.

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