SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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CASTRO, Casimiro (art).
Garcia Cubas.
Album del Ferro-Carril Mexicano...

Mexico: Victor Debray & Co., 1877.
Mathes, Mexico on Stone, p.42; Palau 98733; Bobins 05.
25 + 1
Mexico: Victor Debray & Co., 1877.

Folio, text in English and Spanish, 25 chromolithographed plates, including title, double-page map, loose as issued in original green pictorial board folder, matching green cloth ties, cloth-backed, preserved in modern green linen-covered folder and slipcase. Some foxing to some plates. A magnificent series of chromolithographs showing the Mexican railway, crossing bridges through rain forests. Spain's possessions in the New World gradually adapted to the scientific revolution of the late 17h century and 18th century in Europe, coming under the influence of French political and scientific concepts. With a Valois King on the Spanish throne, these filtered through to the New World, and foreign visitors arrived, opening an area that had been isolated from other nations for two centuries. The art of lithography was adopted and developed in Mexico after Sennefelder's famous publication on the subject in Germany, which was universally influential. This art became a symbol of national pride and prestige, as did new Mexican urban architecture and transport systems; this work combines the two recent developments. Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. 2. [Map] Plano Orografico de la Zona Recorrida por el Ferro-Carril Mexicano de Veracruz a Mexico... 3. Veracruz. 4. Estacion de la Soledad. 5. Puente de la Soledad. Tomado desde el Hospital. 6. Puente de Paso del Macho. 7. Puente de San Alejo. 8. Puente del Chiquihuite. 9. Tunel No.2 y Salto del Atoyac. 10. Puente del Atoyac. 11. La Penuela (Caminos para Veracruz y Alvarado). 12. Cordoba (Tomado desde el camino de Coscomatepec). 13-14. Barranca de Metlac. 15. Puente de Metlac. 16. Orizaba (desde el puente de Paso del Toro). 17. Estacion de Orizaba. 18. Cumbres de Maltrata (desde la Hacienda del Encinal). 19. Infiernillo. 20. Estacion de Maltrata. 21. La Bota (Cumbres de Maltrata). 22. Puente de Wimer (Cumbres de Maltrata). 23. Panorama de maltrata. 24. Huamantla (tomado desde el Puente de San Lucas). 25. Panorama de Puebla (tomado desde el fuerte Guadalupe). 26. Valle de Mexico (tomado desde el cerro del Risco).