Mexico City: Ignacio Cumplido, 1861. [iii-]xxvii,612pp. Original quarter calf and pebbled paper boards, spine gilt. Boards rubbed, edges and spine somewhat worn. Small shelf label at foot of spine. Light toning, scattered light foxing. Good plus. Item #1466
A scarce, 1861 Mexican imprint, comprising translations into Spanish of speeches by the great French poet-politician of the July Monarchy period, Alphonse de Lamartine. The present work is a direct translation of an 1849 Paris imprint (also scarce), and contains an introduction by Lamartine and over thirty of his speeches on topics such as the abolition of slavery, the death penalty, the fortifications of Paris, workers' rights, and the location of Napoleon's remains, amongst others. Interesting timing for publication of French political thought in Mexico, as Juarez declared a moratorium on debt payments to France and precipitated the French invasion of the country the same year. OCLC locates copies at three institutions -- the University of California, University of Michigan, and the National Library of Mexico.