Chicago: Poole Brothers, 1895. First Edition. Thick Octavo. Item #027148
256 pages. The first edition of the most important early guide to Mexico, with the large folding map of Mexico City. The author took extenisve photographs in 1894 not only of the traditional sites but also of a cock fight, bull fighting, a pulque vendor, public laundries, and beggars. A very nice view of Mexico just before the turn of the century. Bookseller bookplate Ruhland Ahlschier of Liberia Internactional. They were the major bookstore in Mexico City. When the Massey-Gilbert Guide to Mexico in English was issued in 1901, they noted this as having Spanish-speaking bookstore owners who were fluent in English and German. The company printed the German-language newspaper, Deutsche Zeitung von Mexiko (1897-1914), founded by Dr. Teodoro Epstein in 1883. In 1897, the Mexican government contracted Ruhland & Ahlschier to publish illustrated Mexican postcards, first employing collotype and later chromolithography printing processes. Bound in brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, spine lettering gilt, light fading to spine and edges of boards. A very good copy.