CINCINNATI & SONORA MINING ASSOCIATION. GEOLOGICAL REPORT AND MAP OF THE SAN JUAN DEL RIO RANCHE, IN SONORA, MEXICO. ALSO REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE, STATISTICS OF SILVER MINING, TRANSCRIPT OF TITLE, &c.

Cincinnati: Wrightson & Co., 1866. 86pp. plus two folding maps. Presentation binding of dark blue morocco with red inlays, boards paneled and tooled in gilt, spine gilt, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g. Boards scuffed and bowed, front joint weak. Internally very clean and very good. Item #WRCAM38362

A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Senor M. Romero. Minister of the Mexican Republic. Washington DC. With the compliments of the Cincinnati & Sonora Land and Mining Association, Sept. 14, 1866." Cherry was a mining engineer who produced several reports on mineral deposits in various areas of the United States, and who authored other works for the Cincinnati and Sonora Mining Association (see Sabin, Howes, and the Streeter sale, all of whom list other works, but not the present title). Cherry's report is illustrative of a post-Civil War boomlet of interest in the mineral wealth of the Sonora region of northern Mexico (doubtless aided by a rumor that the United States might annex it). Cherry writes glowingly of the potential mineral wealth of the area while downplaying the threat from hostile Apaches, objections from the Mexican government, and a shortage of labor. The geological report is quite thorough, and the maps show a portion of "Cherry's Traveling Military Map of Sonora" and the Ranche San Juan del Rio. OCLC locates ten copies. Scarce. OCLC 3502151.

Price: $2,750.00

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