Mexico City. 1856. 480,pp. Several errors in pagination. Small quarto. Contemporary red half sheep and boards, spine gilt. Boards and extremities rubbed. Contemporary bookplate on front pastedown. Light toning and minor foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM41810
An extremely valuable compilation which gives detailed data, including route, scenery, and other key information, about many various parts of Mexico. By piecing together the different itineraries it offers, a traveler could basically go anywhere in Mexico and into the U.S., already provided with extremely detailed instructions about the best route and what facilities - such as water, grass, and shelter - were available every step of the way. A detailed name index listing routes and where they are to be found in the book further enhances the volume's usefulness for travelers, be they headed to destinations great or small. Many of the routes described begin in Mexico City; some routes extend into Texas and New Mexico. Among the most interesting are two itineraries concerning California. One describes a journey from La Paz, at the far southern end of Baja California, to the U.S. border. This is one of the most detailed and expansively described routes in the entire book, preserving a wealth of geographic and natural details. Many of the places detailed in this section have either disappeared or been extensively altered. The other journey is along the Sonora Route, from Ures to Sonora, to the California gold fields. This trip passes through Los Angeles and includes some commentary on the missions in the area. "An important guide book, giving the routes and mileage, with sketches of the country throughout Mexico" - Eberstadt. PALAU 9290. SABIN 976. EBERSTADT 138:033. BARRETT 34.