Author: Alaman y Escalada, Lucas Ignacio (1792-1853)
Historia de Mexico
Publisher: Victoriano Agueros y Comp
Place: Mexico City
5 volumes. 495 pages with frontispiece, six plates, plan and appendices; 536 pages with appendices and index; 567 pages with appendices and index; 675 pages with appendices and index; 840 pages with appendices, tables and index. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") bound in quarter calf with marbled boards and gilt lettering to spine. (Palau 4576) Second edition.
Lucas Ignacio Alamán y Escalada Alamán studied at the Real Colegio de Minas de la Nueva España, in the Viceroyalty of New Spain (colonial México). He frequently traveled on his credentials as a scientist and diplomat, becoming one of the most educated men in Mexico. At the outset of the war for Mexican independence, in September 1810, Alamán is said to have been an eyewitness of the massacre of Spanish families in his home city of Guanajuato. This experience may have influenced his lifelong devotion to conservative politics and his nostalgia for monarchic rule for Mexico. For most of the 1840s, he devoted himself primarily to writing the history of Mexico from the perspective of a conservative. His three-volume work Disertaciones sobre la Historia de la Republica mexicana (Mexico, 1844–1849) and his five-volume Historia de México, desde los primeros movimientos que prepararon su independencia en el año de 1808, hasta la época presente (Mexico, 1849–1852), stand as the major intellectual productions of the Conservative Party in nineteenth-century Mexico, and the only histories produced by a Mexican author of his era to view the Spanish presence in his country favorably.
Early owner's embossed stamps to title pages, moderate wear, some age toning, corners bumped and rubbed, book plates removed from front pastedowns, some chipping to edges else a good to very good set.