Mexico City: 1884. ,354pp. Quarto. Original red leather, gilt and elaborately embossed with the eagle of Mexico on the front cover and initials on the rear; gilt endpapers, edges stained red, white, and green. Light wear and soiling to spine, corners rubbed. Internally clean. Very good plus. Item #1573
The 1884 "Edicion Oficial" of the Postal Code of Mexico, in an elaborate presentation binding stamped with the seal of Mexico on the front cover and the owner's initials on the back. The work opens by noting that the mail in Mexico is "un servicio publico federal, instituido para efectuar la transmision de la correspondencia y de los demas objetos a que se refiere este Codigo...". It goes on to expound on fees, what can and cannot be mailed in the post, and other legal details, and to discuss the Union Postal Universal of which Mexico (along with numerous other countries) is a part. There are also several sample forms and an index at the back of the volume.
The initials on the rear cover of the volume are "IM," possibly Ignacio Mariscal, a Mexican politician and diplomat. Mariscal (1829-1910) was a lawyer who served as the Mexican Envoy to the United States from 1869 to 1877, and served multiple terms as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, from 1871-1872, then 1880-1883, and 1885-1910. As a prominent and high-ranking government official, he would certainly have been entitled to such an elaborately bound copy of the Codigo Postal. We locate a handful of copies of this work in OCLC, though the binding surely makes it a unique object and of particular interest.