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vi, 316p., wood-engraved frontis portrait with sepia tint, first edition 7x5 inch cinnamon cloth boards gilt panelled in blind, all edges speckle-decorated as issued. Caveat emptor: lacks the map; and is an ex libris copy (last checked out on 1 Nov 1900). Relatively sound, with the following disfigurements: edgewear with fraying at top and tail, bits of card showing at corner tips, tipped-on "book due" slip and instructions to patrons on front endsheet, faint rubberstamp impressions to blanks and title page, compression-ripple to textblock, rear free endsheet roughly out, ugly spine numerals, faint spatter stain to upper cover. On the plus side, hinges are fine, spine lettering quite legible, frontis unblemished. Sure wish we had the map. N° de ref. de la librería 168427
Título: Walker's expedition to Nicaragua; a history ...
Editorial: Stringer and Townsend
Año de publicación: 1856
Edición: 1st Edition
Descripción Stringer and Townsend. Condición: Fair. New York: Stringer & Townsend, 1856. 5.25x7.5" dark brown cloth hardcover with gold lettering on the spine and blind stamping on the covers. 316pp with fold-out map. Poor condition book with no dust jacket. Cover has some dampstaining. Binding tight. Closed tear through middle of half of fold-out map. Page toning throughout. Inquire if you need further information. Nº de ref. del artículo: S2603
Descripción New York, Stringer and Townsend, 1856., 1856. 12°, publisher's black cloth, blocked in blind, spine gilt (some wear). Wood-engraved seal of Nicaragua on title page. Some browning, scattered foxing; 2-cm. tear in margin of map, which is otherwise in fine condition. Overall in good to very good condition. Signatures in ink of J.T. Williams, dated 1858, on front pastedown, front free endpaper, and blank verso of frontispiece. Stamp of Kenneth Williams on blank verso of frontispiece. Frontispiece (wood-engraved portrait with added tint block), vi, -316 pp., large folding hand-colored map. *** FIRST EDITION of this "highly partisan defense of the filibusters' regime" (DAB) in Nicaragua under William Walker. Save for Walker's own The War in Nicaragua (1860), Walker's Expedition is the best contemporary account of Walker's life and expedition to Nicaragua in 1855-56. Wells' account carries events up through Walker's election as president of Nicaragua and formal recognition of his government by the United States in June 1856. Walker remained in power for another 10 months. A German translation was published at Braunschweig, 1857.The fine map of Central America bears the imprint of J.H. Colton, New York, 1856, and includes insets of the Isthmus of Panama and "The Nicaragua Route."William Walker (Nashville, Tennessee 1824-1860, Honduras) trained as a lawyer and physician but is famous for filibustering expeditions in which he attempted to establish personal "colonies" where slavery would be established. In 1853 he attempted to set up shop in Baja California and Sonora, but was easily repulsed by the Mexican government. A few years later, he went head-to-head with Cornelius Vanderbilt for control of the lucrative traffic from the Caribbean to the Pacific via Nicaragua - the fastest route for steamships to carry those in the East to the California gold fields.Wells (1826-1876) was born in Boston and lived a life of adventure, first on the high seas and then, beginning in 1849, in California prospecting for gold. Seeking new worlds to exploit, Wells journeyed to Honduras in 1854. The "gold" he found there, though not metallic, was nonetheless remunerative: from 1855 to 1874 he served as sometime consul for Honduras. His Explorations and Adventures in Honduras was published in 1857. Wells spent the last twenty years of his life in San Francisco and New York, where he worked as a journalist and author when not furthering the economic interests of Honduras and Mexico.*** Howes W256: collating as our copy. Not in Sabin. On Wells, see Dictionary of American Biography X, 646. Nº de ref. del artículo: 25897