Campbell's New Revised Complete Guide and Descriptive Book of Mexico

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Rogers & Smith Company, 1909 - Mexico - 346 pages

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As in the 1895 edition, Reau Campbell seeks to be modern, stating that all illustrations were engraved from photos and not redrawn. However, he does not mention that many were engraved from original drawings. With Campbell on his March 1894 fact-finding/photographic trip to Mexico was New Brunswick, NJ artist J Morgan Macom. Several of Macom's signed paintings are found in both the 1895 and 1909 editions. While Campbell does do an outstanding job of describing Mexico and its scenery, he was not forthright in crediting his contributing staff. For example, see pg 26, 28 and the Titan illustration-- JM Macom's signature is visible. In other paintings/drawings, Macom's name was cut out during the engraving process. Obviously the bull-fight section is engraved from drawings, although whose is not clear. In a letter to the New Brunswick Times dated March 14, 1895, Macom described his trip with Campbell. The reverse of the letter contains a drawing of the 6-mule carriages in which the group sometimes rode. This illustration is found in the 1895 edition, but replaced by a photo in the 1909 edition. Now I personally wonder who else worked uncredited on this book. Granted it is a thorough tour book, but it took a team of photographers, artists, and writers to complete.  

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Page 253 - God,' was a throne of pure gold, inlaid with turquoises and other precious stones. On a stool, in front, was placed a human skull, crowned with an immense emerald, of a pyramidal form, and surmounted by an aigrette of brilliant plumes and precious stones. The skull was laid on a heap of military weapons, shields, quivers, bows, and arrows.
Page 117 - ... most necessary that the Holy Office of the Inquisition shall be extended to this land, because of the commerce with strangers here carried on, and because of the many corsairs abounding upon our coasts, which strangers may bring their evil customs among both natives and Castilians, who, by the grace of God, should be kept free from heresy.
Page 130 - Carmelites, to make show of their apparent godliness, and who would be thought to live like hermits, retired from the world, that they may draw the world unto them. They have built them a stately cloister, which, being upon a hill and among rocks, makes it to be most admired.
Page 123 - We looked with interest at the monument erected to the memory of the cadets who fell in the defense of the place in our war with Mexico — mere striplings who fought like heroes, and are held in great honor.
Page iv - ... between the two civilizations. He considers that of the southern provinces, though of a far higher grade, as long anterior in time to the Toltec domination, — the work of a people which had passed away, under the assaults of barbarism, at a period prior to all traditions, leaving no name and no trace of their existence save those monuments which, neglected and forgotten by their successors, have become the riddle of later generations.
Page 110 - So great was the slaughter of the Spaniards by the Aztecs in this place on the night of July I, 1520, named for this reason the Dismal Night, that after having in the following year reentered the city triumphantly, the conquerors resolved to build here a chapel, to be called the Chapel of the Martyrs; and which should be dedicated to San Hipolito, because the capture of the city occurred upon that saint's day.
Page 123 - Ixtaccihuatl. If you agree that the vista from the esplanade is very beautiful, pass through the garden to the overhanging gallery on the other side, and look out over the broad spreading plain of the valley. To the right is the field of Churubusco, and farther on to the east sheltering mountains. In front, the magnificent city, with its hundreds of towers ; the tallest overshadowing all the others, are the Cathedral's. Beyond the city's spreading squares you can see the hill and church of Guadalupe....
Page 98 - ... of its position, or a rich bit of deep stone carving; and in the humblest and plainest fagade, there is a note of individual yielding to a whim of expression that is very fascinating. The architects escaped from the commonplace and the conventional; they understood proportion without regularity, and the result is not, perhaps, explainable to those who are only accustomed to our church architecture.
Page 119 - an unconfessed heretic, an abettor of heretics, and a disturber of the ecclesiastical hierarchy; a profaner of sacraments ; a traitor to God, to the king, and to the pope.
Page 131 - Eremites ; they have also the sweet smell of the roze and jazmin, which is a little flower, but the sweetest of all others ; there is not any other flower to be found that is rare and exquisite in that Country, which is not in that wildernesse to delight the senses of those mortified Eremites.

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