Caracas: [Litografía del Comercio], 1924.  pp. Illus. with 100 b/w photo illustrated plates, many with multiple images, with facing text within printed borders. Sm. Obl. 4to. Gray paper wrappers, stamped in gilt and decorated in raised colors, tied in red ribbons, deckled fore edge. First edition. A very good or better copy with lightly soiled wrappers, gift inscription on title page, fore edges of the last few leaves with small nicks. Item #43503
Inscribed by Gral [José Eleazar] López Contreras to Coronel Frank E. Harris, who was an Inspector general in the U.S. Army stationed in Panama. José Eleazar López Contreras (1883-1973) was an army general, one of Juan Vicente Gómez's supporters, who would go on to become Minister of War in 1931 and would succeed Gomez upon his death, to become President of Venezuela from 1935 until 1941 (as a side note, it was Contreras who accepted the ships Koenigstein and Caribia which had fled Germany with Jewish refugees during the war). A companion volume on Venezuela in 1924, extolling its president, Juan Vicente Gómez, in a matching format, was published the same day (See our inventory number 43502: Venezuela en 1924. Labor política y administrativa del gobierno nacional presidido por el general Juan Vicente Gómez).