Mexico City: Impresa por Tomas Uribe y Alcade, 1837. 40pp. plus folding table and folding plate. Small octavo. Contemporary black half calf and boards. Extremities rubbed, minor wear to boards. Internally clean and fresh. Very good. Item #1800
A fascinating and scarce Mexican imprint that describes many aspects of maguey (agave) farming, including the different types of agave plants and their uses for making pulque, medicines, and other products. The initial part of this manual contains several sections that provide brief instructions for preparing the land in advance of planting, selecting plants, conducting successful transplants, and other topics of planning. The second, longer section is titled "La Estraccion de la Agua Miel," and the first few pages discuss this process, but the author goes on to discuss several different agave plants, the type of juice that they produce, and their many uses, many of which are home remedies for people and animals. A final section contains advice on the transportation of pulque so as to avoid hassle by Mexican authorities, who heavily regulated the alcoholic drink during this period. Tipped in at the rear are two folding plates, one that contains a table of types of agave plant, "Que se conocen en los llanos de Apan," the traditional growing region in the high plains northeast of Mexico City, and another that illustrated thirty-three kinds of agave leaves.
We locate a small handful of institutional copies, and only one copy in available sales records, which was offered at the Crahan sale in 1984. Rare.
Palau 380367. Sabin 106325.