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Le Mexique en 1823, ou Relation d’un Voyage dans la Nouvelle-Espagne, contenant des Notions Exactes et peu connue sur la Situation Physique, Morale et Politique de ce Pays; accompagne d’un Atlas de Vingt Planches, Precede d’une Introduction, et enrichi de Pieces Justificatives et de Notes, par Sir John Byerley
Alexis-Eymery, Paris 1824 - Two text volumes in octavo: [4],lxxii,364; [4],370 (misnumbered 360) p. Half titles, errata leaf + Oblong octavo atlas: 11 p. of text plus 21 plates (including lithograph portrait of Bullock, 2 folding engraved plans and 18 (6 hand-colored) lithographs by Marlet after Bullock (the author’s son), Boquet, Brisou and Lepinoy). First French edition, translated from the English of this outstanding travel account of Mexico, with the atlas of beautiful lithographic views of cities, towns, antiquities, and six hand-colored Mexican costume plates. Bullock, naturalist and antiquarian, started his career as a jeweler and goldsmith in Sheffield, then founded a private natural history collection and museum first in Liverpool and then in London. In 1822, the first year of Mexican independence, Bullock traveled to Mexico, being the first English traveler in Mexico since Thomas Gage in 1640. Bullock became a naturalized Mexican citizen, and the new Mexican government gave him a silver mine near Temascaltepec. He brought back many Mexican artifacts to England (with the permission of Lucas Alamán), including a cast of the great Aztec calendar, models of the Teotihuacán pyramids, and the original map of pre-conquest Mexico which is illustrated in the atlas volume. These Mexican artifacts became the nucleus of a growing collection on "Ancient and Modern Mexico" put up for display at Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London. The atlas includes handsome views of Puebla, Xalapa, San Juan de Ulloa, Veracruz, the pyramids of the sun at Teotihuacan, and the valley of Mexico showing Tacuba (now part of Mexico City). Of the two plans, one is a detailed view of Mexico City as it appeared in the 1824, commissioned by Don Diego García, with dozens of buildings labeled. Text volumes bound in contemporary deep red morocco over marbled boards, panelled spine; the Atlas volume apparently was originally bound in wrappers: in this set it has been rebound in cloth boards with the original wrappers pasted on front and back. The text volumes have scattered mild foxing throughout; the atlas is largely free of foxing, and what there is is minor. Overall condition is very good -- a nice, solid set. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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