Historia, Geografia y Estadistica Del Estado De Tamaulipas por el c. ingeniero Alejandro Prieto ; obra adicionada de algunos articulos descriptivos y otros concernientes a las mejoras materiales proyectadas en aquel estado.

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Author: Alejandro Prieto (1841-1921)

Year: 1873

Publisher: Tip. de las Escalerillas

Place: Mexico City


viii+361+[6] pages with numerous plates and large folding map. Octavo (9" x 6") bound in period marbled boards backed with brown morocco, gilt ruled spine. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page, dated 1888. First Edition.

The very scarce map is titled "Mapa de la Sierra Gorda," and depicts waterways, Spanish Cities and towns, and Indian missions in the state of Tamaulipas. Scarce, particularly with the map present.

Alejandro Prieto was politician, writer, engineer, professor. At the age of 19, Alejandro Prieto received a degree in topographical engineering. During the 1860s he was a guerrilla fighter against the invading French forces. After Mexico's conflict with the French ended, Prieto settled in Tampico and held several public offices, including city engineer, visitador público, and juez del registro civil. He was also a deputy to the Congreso General, secretary of the Mexican legation in Guatemala, multi-term governor of Tamaulipas, national senator in Tacubaya, and secretary of the government of Tamaulipas. Other positions he held include engineer of the railroad commission of Tehuantepec and professor of topography, geographical history, and statistics. He authored engineering studies and historical works, including his Historia, geografia y estadística del estado de Tamaulipas, published in 1873. The Alejandro Prieto Papers are housed in the Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin.

Rubbing and darkening to boards; some soiling to endpapers, scattered small wormholes throughout, including map; map with a few repairs at folds; general toning else very good.