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BULLOCK, William.
Six Months' Residence and Travels in Mexico; Containing Remarks on the Present State of New Spain, its natural productions, state of society, manufactures, trade, agriculture, and antiquities, &c

London, John Murray, 1824.
Abbey Travel 666; Palau 37059; Sabin 9140; Prideaux p.329.
London, John Murray, 1824.

FIRST EDITION. [iii]-xii, 532 pages with 18 aquatint plates, including 2 hand-coloured costume plates; folding frontispiece plan of ancient Mexico; folding table. Octavo. Rebound in tan half calf-backed marbled boards. Fresh spine. A bookplate from the library of 'Katherine Gertrude Robinson' on the front pastedown. Loose insert of a signed card declaring that: "This volume is from the library of George M. Foster (1913-2006) Professor emeritus, University of California at Berkley" signed by both Foster and by Robert V. Kemper, Literary co-executor for George M. Foster. William Bullock (c.1773-1849) was an English traveler, naturalist and antiquarian. Bullock began as a goldsmith and jeweller in Sheffield. He used his wealth to accumulate a large collection of artefacts, antiquities and stuffed animals. In the late 1790's Bullock founded a Museum of Natural Curiosities in the city, which moved to Liverpool in 1801. In 1808 he published a descriptive catalog of the works of art, armoury, objects of natural history, and other curiosities in the collection, some of which had been brought back by members of James Cook's expeditions. In 1809, Bullock moved to London and the collection was housed in the newly built Piccadilly Egyptian Hall. The collection, which included over 32,000 items, was disposed of by auction in 1819. In 1822 Bullock went to Mexico where he became involved in silver mine speculation. He brought back many artefacts and specimens which formed a new exhibition in the Egyptian Hall. A second visit to Mexico, and to the United States, took place in 1827. Bullock bought land on the bank of the Ohio River from Thomas D. Carneal where he proposed to build a utopian community named Hygeia (a Greek word meaning health) laid out by John Buonarotti Papworth. The speculation was not a success, although some people, including Frances Trollope, took part; Bullock sold the land to Israel Ludlow in 1846. French edition was published in 1824, Dutch edition in 1825 and three German editions in 1824-25. *Rebinding and restoration work on this book was carried out by Ron Norman of Hartlepool. (Ronnorm@aol.com)* Coloured plates in order: 1. Superior Indians in their Holiday Dress. 2. Mexican Indians going to Market. 3. Mexican Indians returning from Market. 4. Mexican Gentlemen.