A Visit to Mexico by the West India Islands, Yucatan and United States with Observations and Adventures along the Way

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Author: Robertson, William Parish (1794–1850)

Year: 1853

Publisher: Simpkin, Marshall and Company

Place: London


2 volumes. xx+ii+332 pages with fold out frontispiece and foldout map; ii+478 pages with appendix. Small Octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/4"). Bound in original decorative blind stamped brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. The map is titled Mexico and Texas and shows the Republic of Texas including a large section of today's New Mexico, Kansas and southern Colorado, northward to the Arkansas River and westward to the Rio Grade. (Sabin 72016) First edition.

Robertson was appointed Mexican commissioner in 1848. He journeyed with his daughter from Southampton to Bermuda on the Avon, and then to the Yucatan Peninsular on the Forth. Written in the form of a journal, the book includes both details of everyday life on board ship and dramatic events, such as shipwreck. Both father and daughter contributed to the book, which gives an interesting perspective on Robertson's sojourn in Mexico. The book provides information on the country's mines, politics, and mores, as well as anecdotes of the Yucatan and West Indies.


Front inner hinge of volume one cracked through, spine ends and corners chipped and rubbed, previous owner's name on front end papers. A good copy.

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