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Mexico: Julio Michaud y Thomas, [ca. 1850]. - Lithograph title-leaf and forty-five lithographic plates, twelve in full color and thirty-three on tinted grounds. Oblong folio. Later green cloth spine and corners over original printed green boards. Some wear and soiling. Quite clean internally. Images bright and fresh. Very good. The first great Mexican lithographic and color plate book, and a very difficult book to obtain in nice condition. Though the album is undated, it contains battle scenes of the Mexican-American War (1846-47) and depicts the equestrian statue of Carlos IV in the courtyard of the University, from which it was removed in 1852, suggesting a date of circa 1850. The colored plates depict various inhabitants in their local costumes standing amid sweeping terrain and graceful plazas. These include rancheros, tortilleras, and local Indians, among others. The tinted views show Vera Cruz, Mexico City, Independence Fountain, National Theatre, Chihuahua, Bay of Acapulco, and numerous other locales. The final six plates show scenes from the Mexican-American War, depicting the "heroica defensa" put up by the Mexican Army. The number of plates varies from thirty-nine to forty- nine, and the work seems to have been issued on an on- demand basis. The Mellon copy at Yale has thirty-nine plates, and in their cataloguing Yale refers to the book as the "first major color plate book produced in Mexico." The Bancroft Library holds a copy with forty- nine plates. The copies at the University of Texas and the University of Missouri have forty-five plates, as in the present copy. The only other copy we locate on OCLC is one at the National Library of Art in Britain. The DeGolyer copy at Southern Methodist University is not present in OCLC, but their copy also has forty-five plates, as do two copies we know of in private collections. The six Mexican-American War views are at the end of the book, suggesting they were added to the original assemblage of thirty- nine plates. The best study of this work is the Condumex reprint edited by W. Michael Mathes in 2000. The publisher, Julio Michaud, was a native of France who moved to Mexico and worked there as a publisher and bookseller from the 1830s to the 1860s. His partner was also a transplanted Frenchman, Jean Baptiste Thomas. Michaud later dealt in photographic material and was himself a photographer. A rare and beautiful work. MATHES, MEXICO ON STONE 56. PALAU 5417.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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