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    H.G. Ward. Mexico in 1827 by H.G. Ward, Esq. His Majesty's Charge d' Affaires in That Country During the Years 1825, 1826, and part of 1827. In Two Volumes. London: Henry Colburn. 1828. First edition. Two 8vo volumes, 591pp. and 730pp. respectively. Thirteen aquatint and lithograph plates (three folding, four double-page, one colored), folding map of the mining districts of Mexico and a second larger folding map of showing geopolitical boundaries of Mexico. Numerous wood engravings in text. Three-quarter tan over marbled boards; three-color leather spine with gilt decoration and lettering. Ex-libris plates of former owner on initial pastedown of each volume. Light age toning throughout, including prints and plates. Maps are in wonderful condition with linen reinforcements to creases and folds. Minor wear to boards, edges, and corners. Hinges of Volume II are weak. An overall fine copy of a rare and desirable piece of Texana.

    During his appointment as British chargé d' affaires in Mexico from 1825 to 1827, Ward traveled throughout Mexico with his pregnant wife (who contributed her artistic skills to some of the illustrations), collecting data for this firsthand account of the political and social climate of Mexico. Ward's exploration ranged as far north as Durango, visiting mining centers along the way, and represents the most ambitious of the books written in the 1820s by English travelers. He includes a lengthy section on mining, as well as his personal travel narrative, and appended accounts of the Province of Texas by Gen. Wavel, and Sonora and Sinaloa by Col. Bourne. Streeter refers to this work as a "classic book on Mexico... the rarity of accounts of Texas in the 1820s makes its inclusion [in Streeter's bibliography] worthwhile.

    Reference:
    Abbey 668. Hill, p. 319. Prideaux, p. 257. Raines, p. 215. Streeter 1104. Sabin 101302.



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