ALZATE Y RAMIREZ, José Antonio de (1737-1799). Gacetas de Literatura de Mexico…Tomo Segundo [Vol. II (of 4)]. Puebla: Reimpresas en la Oficina del Hospital de S. Pedro, à cargo del ciudadano Manuel Buen Abad, 1831.

$ 1,250.00

Volume II only. 8vo., (8 x 5 7/8 inches). Fine folding engraved “Mapa de las Aguas que pr. el Circulo de 90. leguas vienen a la Laguna de Tescuco y la Ytención qe esto y la de Chalco tienen deliniado pr. D. Carlos Zaguena [i.e., Carlos de Siguënza y Góngora] (below neat line: Montes de Oca Go en- Puebla C d Yglcias); 2 single-page and 7 folding engraved plates (one with short tear near mount). Contemporary half sheep, marbled boards, the smooth spine in five gilt-ruled compartments, orange morocco gilt lettering piece in one (edges a bit worn with loss, one or two wormholes to lower spine).

Provenance: Contemporary ink stamp of Francisco de P. Velasco to front free endpaper; small circular ink stamp with Cortes within wreath to title page.

Second edition, first published serially between 1788 and 1795. This edition was published in four volumes, mostly a reissue of various articles written and edited by Alzate y Ramirez from the first serial edition, with 24 plates and an added supplement on Xochicalco. “The latter part of the eighteenth century in New Spain was a period of lively cultural and scientific activity which brought to prominence a number of outstanding figures. None of them is more representative than José Antonio Alzate y Ramírez (1729-1799), who was its most zealous publicist in the field of science. Through the publication of a series of weekly newspapers, occasional scientific studies and reports, as well as by his unceasing investigations in a wide scientific field, Alzate attempted to spread a knowledge of science, especially applied science, throughout the viceroyalty…. It is as a pioneer in the field of scientific journalism in Mexico, however, not in that of pure science, that he made his greatest contribution. In Alzate an enthusiasm for scientific knowledge and its actual application to the specific problems of his own day were always associated. This being so, it was natural that he should have set his mind on the production of a weekly paper devoted to science” (W.F. Cody, “An Index to the Periodicals Published by Jose Antonio Alzate y Ramirez,” in Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. XXXIII, No. 3 [August, 1953], pp. 442-475). Palau 10139. Sabin 990.

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