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ROBERTSON, William Parish.

A Visit to Mexico,

by the West India Islands, Yucatan and United States, with observations and adventures on the way.

Published: London: for the author, 1853

Stock code: 112181

Price: £350

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First edition, printed for subscribers only, with “subscibers copy” (sic) gilt to the spines. In 1811 Robertson (1793-1861) travelled to the United Provinces of the River Plate in 1811 to join his brother John, who had served in the British invasions of 1806-7. The pair soon became established as successful merchants and landowners in Buenos Aries, and notably arranged the treaty that paved the way for the abortive Scottish settlement at Monte Grande. Over the following decades William travelled widely across South America, apparently pursuing commercial opportunities, and was appointed consul for Peru in 1845 and consul-general of Ecuador in London in 1847: “These nominations led to my becoming a member of the Committee of Spanish American Bondholders; and, in this capacity, I undertook a mission to Mexico, soon after that Republic had concluded a peace with the United States of America. I prepared, accordingly, to proceed to the land of the Aztecs, under the somewhat pretentious title of Mexican Commissioner” (p. 2). There was a trade edition published by Simpkin and Marshall later the same year.

2 volumes, octavo (192 x 118 mm). Original green cloth, spines lettered and decorated in gilt and blind, covers decoratively panel-stamped in blind. Engraved folding frontispiece, folding area map coloured in outline. Extremities lightly bumped, pale mottling to covers of vol. 1, very mild foxing to endleaves of both volumes, folding map slightly nicked along fore edge not affecting image, a few contemporary inked marginalia to first volume, the second volume entirely unopened. A very good copy.

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