Mexico y sus alrededores. Coleccion de vistas monumentales, paisajes y trajes del pais. Dibujados al natural y litografiados / por los artistas mexicanos C. Castro, G. Rodriguez e J. Campillo. Bajo la direccion de V. Debray. Los articulos descriptivos son de los senores d. Marcos Arronis, d. Jose T. de Cuellar [y otros] ... Mexico et ses environs. Collection de vues monumentales, paysages et costumes du pais
A splendid document of both Mexican life and lithography, this edition of Mexico y sus alrededores has nearly double the number of color plates contained in most other editions, as well as a rather rare combination of both the folding plan of Mexico City and the folding map of Mexico, the latter also showing a large portion of Texas. Most of the plates are after paintings by Casimiro Castro.
"The most important work illustrating Mexico City in the nineteenth century" (Mathes, Mexico on Stone).
Issued first in two sets of installments between 1855 and 1856, the book seems to have undergone relatively few formal editions, being instead printed and published according to popular demand and the availability of illustrations. Because of this, there is wide variation among copies, which, in addition to presenting a changing selection of lithographs, reveal new perspectives and renditions of past subject-matter.
Abbey notes that: "The draughtsmanship and lithography is of a very high standard" (Abbey 672). This volume is especially noteworthy in that light, as all but three of its lithographs are in color. Its cover bears the stamped year of 1875, although since the latest date to be specified on any of the plates is 1869, it is unclear how many views were taken in the early 1870s.
Of particular interest in this edition is a rare lithograph showing the presentation of a group of Kickapoo Indians and runaway Texas slaves at the court of the Austrian Archduke and Emperor of Mexico, Maximilian, in 1865. The only tribe never to surrender to or make deals with the encroaching United States, the Kickapoo sought asylum with Maximilian after being attacked by Texans as they fled the Civil War, and today divide their time between their lands in the U.S. and those in Mexico.
Other plates depict breathtaking aerial views (some taken from hot air balloons), multiple rich examples of Mexican dress, a stagecoach robbery, noteworthy architectural sites, parks, and scenes from life on the road, in the street, and at the market, among other subjects.
2 p. l., 67,  p. 47 pl. (part col.) 2 fold. maps. 46 cm.
Abbey Travel 672; Colas 547; Lipperheide 1624; Sabin 485-89; Mathes 'Mexico on Stone' pp. 29-29 & 57; Bobins 6; Toussant 'La Litografia en Mexico' p.18.
List of Images
Castro, Casimiro. Mexico y sus Alrededories. Mexico, Impr. lit. de V. Debray, editior, 1869.. 1869.
Castro, Casimiro (1869) Mexico y sus Alrededories. Mexico, Impr. lit. de V. Debray, editior, 1869..
Castro, Casimiro, Mexico y sus Alrededories. Mexico, Impr. lit. de V. Debray, editior, 1869.. 1869.