Mexico. 1844-1849. Three volumes: ,vii,,270,,30,,226,8; ,325,,22,,138,13,; ,392,116,pp., plus thirty-seven plates (one colored), three folding facsimiles, and a double-page map. Half title in each volume. Contemporary half green calf and marbled boards, spines gilt. Boards edgeworn, hinges rubbed. Scattered light foxing. With the bookplate of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana on the front pastedown of each volume. A very good set. Item #WRCAM39417
An important history of Mexico, covering the years from the first European encounter and conquest up to the period of Mexican independence. The text is supplemented by appendices containing valuable documentary information, as well as the many plates showing important figures in Mexican history. Lucas Alaman was a controversial figure in 19th-century Mexico. A scientist, politician, historian, diplomat, and writer, he was conservative by nature and expressed a nostalgia for monarchic rule. He was an influential politician in the early years of the Mexican Republic and favored a strong central government. Alaman was also instrumental in creating the Mexican national archives. Along with its comprehensiveness, Alaman's history is also notable for its favorable view of the Spanish presence in Mexico. PALAU 4573. SABIN 580.