Mexico City: Imprenta de N. Chavez, 1872. 24pp. Original pictorial wrappers. Previous vertical fold. Light wear and dust soiling; contemporary pencil ownership inscription on front wrap. Light tanning and an occasional fox mark internally. About very good. Item #1472
Scarce printing of a speech concerning proposals for a cross-country Mexican railroad to connect the two coasts by Gabriel Mancera, a prominent industrialist and politician. The speech, given before the Industrial Commission of the Mexican Congress in November 1872, criticizes the current plan to connect the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as much too costly, inefficient, and subservient to international interests, not a true "omnibus del pueblo," and argues for several modifications to the plans in the concessions under consideration. Mancera was one of the wealthiest Mexican mining magnates of the late-19th and early-20th centuries.