Mexico: 1885. hardcover. Folio atlas and accompanying octavo volume of text. Atlas is comprised of 13 double page chromolithographed maps. Quarter leather with red cloth binding and gold stamped title; spine in seven compartments. Published by Debray Sucesores, 1885. Expert repair and replacement to minor splitting to spine, with cloth hinge to inside cover. Accompanying book includes title page, iv + 474 pp. and 3 pages of index and errata. Octavo with quarter leather binding and marble board. Spine in five compartments with gold stamped title. Published by Oficina Tip. de la Secretaria de Fomento, 1885. Light scattered foxing to title page, else very good. very good(+).
Stunning and unusual atlas of Mexico. Eleven of the thirteen maps show Mexico in various ways: politically, religiously, ethnographically, by transportation, public institutions, agriculture and geological features. Two additional maps show the Valley of Mexico and Mexico City and its environs. Each map is bordered by exquisitely rendered vignettes, pertaining to the map's theme. Accompanying volume of text goes into extensive detail of each individual map including historical and cultural information, geographic descriptions and demographics. Rarely sold as a set, the text is a wonderful companion piece to this beautiful atlas. Garcia Cubas (1832-1912) was a Mexican geographer, mapmaker, writer and publisher. He is known for publishing the first atlas of Mexico.