Mexico City: Victor Debray & Co, 1877-.
First edition. Part 1: , 1-56 pp. (letterpress text printed in double columns); Part 2: , 1-18 pp. (letterpress text printed in double columns), 25 chromolithograph plates (including illustrated title) printed by A. Sigogne, C. Castro, et al. after original artwork by Castro, plus map (see below). Oblong folio (35 x 49.5 cm). Original red textured pictorial cloth elaborately lettered in ebony black and gold, upper cover with large gilt-tooled illustration of a train, and lower cover with gilt-tooled scene of a train passing over a high, curving bridge, a.e.g., blue and white mottled endpapers Palau 48628. Item #319420
The plates include spectacular views of Veracruz, Orizaba, Puebla, and illustrations of stations, locomotives, freight and passenger trains, bridges and tunnels, etc. This glorious plate book, published the same year that Porfirio Díaz came to power, captures a pivotal moment in Mexican history, with its clashing images of powerful machines intruding into pristine, picturesque landscapes, heralding the evolution of a rural-agrarian world of “many Mexicos” to a unified modern technological society. Mathes, Mexico on Stone, pp. 41, 60 & Plates 11, 23, & 25: "Some of the finest examples of the lithographer's art during the latter part of the century.... Chromolithography by Debray y Cía of the work of Casimiro Castro and A. Sigogne illustrated Antonio.
Price: $10,000.00 Free International Delivery