1900 · [Mexico and New York
by [Mexico]: Alvarado, Julio: Diaz, Agustin
[Mexico and New York, 1900. Five pamphlets, pagination details enumerated below. Contemporary half burgundy cloth and marbled boards. Some wear to boards and extremities, spine rubbed. Manuscript label to front board, bookplate of Frederick Starr on front pastedown (see below). Condition of each pamphlet described below. Very good. Five pamphlets detailing the progress of the work done by the ComisiÃ³n GeogrÃ¡fico- Exploradora to chiefly international audiences. Four of the five pamphlets are by Julio Alvarado, head of the commission, which was established in 1877 as General Porfirio DÃaz began his reign of "order and progress." The fifth is by Agustin Diaz, who was a leading Mexican cartographer and surveyor and the first to lead the ComisiÃ³n de CartografÃa, which was also established in 1877. Before this, Mexico had no centralized survey office, which was vital for the rapid development General DÃaz hoped to foster. As a result of (and sometimes in tandem with) the work of these commissions, railroad and telegraph lines sprouted up across the country. As well, mining was significantly expanded with much more of the capital remaining with Mexican investors, although foreign mining interests remained very influential. The pamphlets included are as follows: 1) Diaz, Agustin: A BRIEF REPORT ON THE ORGANIZATION, OBJECTS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORKS OF THE GEOGRAPHICAL EXPLORING COMMISSION, IN THE REPUBLIC OF MEXICO [wrapper title]. New Orleans: L. Graham & Son, 1885. 14pp. Original printed wrappers. Slight crease to upper right corner of pamphlet. Annotations to front wrapper. Very good. 2) Alvarado, Julio: MEMORIA PRESENTADA AL GOBIERNO DEL ESTADO POR EL JEFE DE LAS COMISION GEOGRAFICO EXPLORADORA...RELATIVA A LOS TRABAJOS EJECUTADOS PARA EL LEVANTAMIENTO DE LA CARTA GEOGRAFICA DEL ESTADO DE SAN LUIS POTOSI. San Luis Potosi: Escuela Industrial Militar, 1895. ,19pp. Original wrappers. Light wear to wrappers, occasional manuscript annotations. Very good. 3) Alvarado, Julio: INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL EXPOSITION AND CONGRESS OF LONDON. GEOGRAPHICAL AND EXPLORING COMMISSION OF THE MEXICAN REPUBLIC. CATALOGUE OF THE EXHIBITS PRESENTED BY THE COMMISSION WITH A SHORT SKETCH OF ITS ORGANIZATION AND LABORS...translated by William Thompson / EXPOSICION DEL CONGRESO GEOGRAFICO INTERNACIONAL DE LONDRES. COMISIÃN GEOGRÃFICO- EXPLORADORA DE LA REPÃBLICA MEXICANA. CATÃLOGO DE LOS OBJETOS QUE COMPONEN EL CONTINGENTE DE LA EXPRESADA COMISIÃN, PRECEDIDO DE UNA RESEÃA ABREVIADA SOBRE SU ORGANIZACIÃN Y TRABAJOS. Mexico: Dept. of Fomento, Colonization and Industry, 1895. 67pp. Original wrappers. Light wear to wrappers, light even tanning throughout, occasional manuscript annotations. Very good. English-language titlepage and text followed by Spanish-language titlepage and text. 4) Alvarado, Julio: EXPOSICION UNIVERSAL INTERNACIONAL DE PARIS EN 1900. COMISIÃN GEOGRÃFICO-EXPLORADORA DE LA REPÃBLICA MEXICANA. CATÃLOGO DE LOS OBJETOS QUE COMPONEN EL CONTINGENTE DE LA EXPRESADA COMISIÃN, PRECEDIDO DE UNA RESEÃA ABREVIADA SOBRE SU ORGANIZACIÃN Y TRABAJOS. MÃ©xico: SecretariÃ¡ de Fomento, 1900. 46pp. Original wrappers. Light wear and tanning to wrappers and through. Very good. 5) Alvarado, Julio: THE GEOGRAPHICAL AND EXPLORING COMMISSION OF THE MEXICAN REPUBLIC. SKETCH OF ITS ORGANIZATION AND LABORS. [Buffalo, N.Y.: Gies & Co., ca. 1900]. 23pp. Original brown printed wrappers. Light tanning throughout. Errata slip tipped in. Very good. This volume has the bookplate of noted anthropologist Frederick Starr, who was the Curator of Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History (1889-91), an associate professor at the University of Chicago (1895- 1923), and the author of several works on the indigenous people and languages of Mexico. These pamphlets are uncommon in the marketplace, and we could find no listing in OCLC for the fourth pamphlet, the catalogue from the Paris Exposition. An important set of publications documenting the dawn of modernization in Mexico.
(Inventory #: WRCAM56512)