Havana: Miguel de Villa, 1881. 88pp. plus folding table. Grey printed wrappers. Chipping and wear to top of spine, light soiling to wrappers, minor wear. Some minor foxing and toning. Very good. Item #1627
An educational work on the geografia of Cuba, defined here as "la ciencia que se ocupa de la descripcion de la Tierra." The text is comprised of a series of lessons, each of which contains numbered facts or points of information, followed by a series of comprehension questions after each lesson. Lessons cover both the physical and political geography of the island overall, with specific chapters devoted to the individual provinces. For example, the lesson on the province of Pinar del Rio discusses the importance of the region, lists its population broken down by gender and listing whites, foreigners, Asians, free Blacks, coartados (slaves in the process of manumission), and slaves. Birth and death rates for the province are provided, as well as information on schools, churches, libraries, etc. More broadly, mines and mineral wealth are covered, as are railroads, lighthouses, telegraphic services, sugar production, and commerce between Cuba and various countries, including the United States.
We locate only two copies of the first edition, published in 1879, at the University of Miami and the National Library of Spain. Only a single copy noted of the present edition, at the University Complutense in Madrid.