Mémoires. L'intervention française au Mexique
Publisher: Librairie Emile Nourry
3 volumes. Volume 1. vi+314 with frontispiece and plates; volume 2. 372 pages with frontispiece and plates. volume 3. 518 pages with frontispiece and one plate. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x6 1/4") Bound in quarter leather with gilt lettering to spine and raised spine bands; marbled boards. Preface par M. le Cte de Moüy. First edition.
Mémoires: L'Intervention Française au Mexique by Charles Blanchot. This very rare memoir by Charles Blanchot was aide-de-camp to General Bazaine, Supreme Commander of French Forces in Mexico during Mexico's Second Empire. There is so much in here that has never seen light in either Spanish or English, for instance: the powerful if behind-the-scenes role of Doña Juliana de Gómez Pedraza, widow of Manuel Gómez Pedraza, and the vicious if, as Blanchot suggests, unfounded rumors circulating in Mexico City about Bazaine in 1866-7. Blanchot, who married an American of French origin in Mexico City, also offers a detailed and lively portrait of Mexico City society at the time.
First signature of volume one detached with some edge wear along the fore-edges, title to volume two detached, binding edges and hinges rubbed, spines darkened. A good copy of a very rare and scarce work.
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