New York: For sale by Brentano Bros. (1886). ii, 68 pp. Illus. with 1 b/w folding map. 8vo. Paper wrappers. First edition. Further arguments against the Ship-Railway plan of E. L. Corthell and in favor of the Nicaragua canal. Daniel Ammen (1819-1898), "naval officer, author, and inventor... served as secretary of the Isthmian Canal Commission (1872-1876) and represented the United States at the Interoceanic Canal Congress in Paris in 1879. Along with Grant, he was a proponent of building a canal across Central America. Ammen authored seven pamphlets in support of this idea and was in charge of conducting a survey of the isthmus to determine the feasibility and best route for the proposed waterway" (ANBO: 05/05-00021; Oct 20 2015). A very good exlib copy with a few inked stamps, minor chips on spine ends, one page with inked corrections. Morrison: List...Interoceanic Canal and Railway routes p. 21.
New York: Imprenta de Las Novedades, 1883. 70 pp. 8vo. Paper wrappers. First edition. Antonio Batres Jauregui (1847-1930) was a Guatemalan lawyer, writer, professor, founder of the Guatemalan Academy of Language and the Society of Geography and History in Guatemala. Scarce. OCLC shows only 4 copies. Spine chipped, a few tears, small tape repair, otherwise very good. Palau 25593. Parreño Sale 449.
Washington, D.C. Bureau of the American Republics, 1892. 192 pp. Illus. 23 b/w plates and a color folding map with insets. 8vo. Limp cloth. First edition. Bulletin No. 32. January, 1892. Quite useful. Originally produced in the hope of increasing commerical relations. A very good copy, wrappers rubbed, separation along gutter at lower edge of title, light browning to leaves, contents clean, map fine. Welch: Travel Accounts p. 120.
London: Printed for the Hakluyt Society, 1868. 3, xvi, 156 pp. 8vo. Cloth. First edition. Hakluyt Society, First series: No. 40. The letter is dated 1526. The Spanish text was first printed in the “Documentos Ineditos,” 1864, IV. 8--167, and this is the first English translation. The supplementary material consists of the 1868 annual report. A very good unopened (uncut) copy, spine somewhat darkened, owner's bookplate on front pastedown, two pages of bibliographic notes dated 1900 tipped in on rear endpaper. Sabin 16965. Spain & Spanish America II, 123. Cox II, 242.
Washington [D.C.]: Gibson Bros., printers, 1886. 52 pp. Illus. with 1 b/w plate. 8vo. Paper wrappers. First edition. Argues that the information concerniing the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico is skewed negatively while information on the Nicaragua Canal is given a positive though false spin. A very good copy, upper corner of front wrapper's chipped, a tear at tail of spine.
San Francisco: Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, 1898. 23,  pp. Illus. with b/w plates and drawings. 8vo. Stapled paper wrappers. First edition. Consists chiefly of an address by Hugh Craig, President of the Chamber, to the trustees and members on Nov. 10, 1898./ Includes The destiny of the United States, reprinted from the Examiner, November 13, 1898. Lacking the wrappers else contents very good Morrison: List...Interoceanic Canal and Railway routes p. 31.
San José: Imprenta Nacional, 1887. 60 pp. Sm. 8vo. Paper wrappers. First Spanish Language Edition. Translated by F.M. Iglesias, from the article by Curtis in Harper's Magazine, Oct. 1887, entitled "The Smallest of American Republics." OCLC shows 4 copies: Harvard, Berkeley, LOC, Univ. London. Removed from a larger volume, lacking the wrappers, foxing on title, occasional underlining.
Washington, D.C. Buell & Blanchard, Printers, 1858. 15 pp., . 8vo. Removed. First edition. Doolittle defends Hiram Paulding (1797-1878) who was relieved of command by James Buchanan for arresting William Walker as he tried once again to regain military control of Nicaragua. Walker had led an expedition to unite the Central American nations under his command, had become president of Nicaragua, and was then toppled in a revolution. There was much discussion of the legality of Walker's arrest since he was a U.S. citizen in a neutral foreign country. Removed from a larger volume else a very good copy.
[East Orange, NJ]: El Rusio Honduras Mining Co. n.d. [but 1906]. 12 pp. 8vo. Stapled paper wrappers. First edition. We could not locate any information on this mining company, most likely formed to profit from the gold fields on the tributaries of the Rucio River, which contained the largest and richest placers. A very good copy with soiling on wrappers and first page, small chip to corner of rear wrapper, small crease to lower corner throughout.
Guatemala: Tipografia de el Progreso, 1880. 16 pp. 8vo. Stitched paper wrappers. First edition. Francisco Esteban Galindo (1850-1896) was a Salvadoran poet, playwright, journalist, educator, speaker and politician. Not in OCLC. A very good copy with a few numerals stamped and inked on top edge of front wrapper, chip to corner of rear wrapper.
London: Printed for J. Almon, 1777. , 5-348,  pp. 8vo. Contemporary calf, five raised bands, red morocco spine label gilt, armorial gilt device at foot, marbled end-papers. First edition. An important document concerning the American Revolution, beginning with King George III's admission that things were not going as planned in the American Colonies, followed by a series of attacks on the administration by members of Parliament who felt the measures taken were poorly conceived, and which Lord North attempted to rebut. Some highlights include: an account of the meeting between George Washington and General Howe's adjutant Lt. Col. Patterson read into the record following a complaint that, though published in the Colonies, the administration did not see fit to make them available in England; the costs of the War are listed in great detail; a bill to empower the King to secure and detain persons charged with or suspected of treason in America or the high seas, including the suspension of Habeas Corpus is introduced and attacked as unlawful. Though mostly about North America, there is a long section on the capture of the sloop Morning Star off the Mosquito Coast in Central America, and a history of Britain's position there. This was the sixth volume of the first monthly record of Parliament, published between 1774 and 1780 by John Almon (1727–1805), an English journalist, printer, bookseller, who played a major role in establishing the right to report on Parliament. Provenance: Armorial device and bookplate of John Smyth (1748-1811), member of Parliament, Lord of the Admiralty, and Treasury, Master of the Mint, and a Commissioner of the Board of Trade. A very good copy, wear and sunning to the boards, spine rubbed, headband lacking, some minor browning to leaves, small loss of paper at lower fore edge of title page.
[Guatemala]: n.p. 1837. [4 pp.]. 8vo. Disbound. First edition. Contains two amendments to the Livingston Codes, which established trial by jury and circuit courts in regions that had been isolated from the state. The Livingston Codes were highly unpopular among the indigenous population, and so changes were made, but the amendments (March 16 and March 19, 1837), just two month after the adoption of the Codes, were not enough and the Liberal government of Mariano Galvez was forced to repeal them a year later and then would fall to the forces of Rafael Carrera. The remainder of the Boletin is not present. A few stab marks not effecting legibility, minor browning on the untrimmed edges, Boletin ends mid sentence of an unrelated ordinance.
1881. 31 x 42 cm sheet folded. 31 x 22 cm. In line with the Spanish policy of "Congregation," the Friar Pedro de Angulo attempted to gather the Indians in the area of Vera Paz province into larger, and thus more manageable, settlements, or “reducciones,” as detailed in Captain Martin Alfonso Tovilla's account of 1635. Angulo succeeded in establishing ten villages by 1543 according to Tovilla: Santo Domingo de Cobán, San Pedro Carchá, San Agustín Lanquin, Santa Maria Chagbon [Cahabon], Santa Cruz Munchú, San Cristobal Caccho, Santa María Tactic, San Pablo de Tamaún, and San Miguel Tucurú, though additional settlements were added including La Tinta (Santa Cruz Cahaboncillo), Senahú, and Panzos. To commemorate this deed, a fast cordillera carrier was sent to make a circuit of these same villages, a feat he accomplished in 10 days. In 12 towns, an official has signed, dated, and usually stamped the document. A very good copy, some minor staining at the corners, perhaps where sealed.
Guatemala: La Union, 1887. 40 pp. Sm. 8vo. Later marbled paper wrappers. First edition. An important revision of the 1879 constitution. "In 1887 the Guatemalan Constitution of 1879 was modified. Among the guaranties to citizens contained in the amended Constitution was an article providing that primary instruction should be compulsory. Freedom of religious worship was guaranteed. Citizens might have recourse to the writ of habeas corpus. Entail was prohibited and also the retention of property in dead hands, except by charitable institutions. The President should be elected, by direct popular vote, for six years: he might not be reelected until six years had elapsed. In case of death or disability his place should be taken by substitutes in the order designated by Congress. Members of the cabinet might attend the sessions of the legislature and take part in its deliberations. A council of state made up of cabinet members and other persons selected by the President and the legislature was to act as his advisory body. Legislative authority should be vested in a unicameral legislature called the National Assembly, which was to be composed of members elected by direct popular vote for four years. The Constitution also provided for a permanent committee of Congress that resembled the committee established by the Costa Rican Constitution of 1871. Judicial authority was vested in a supreme court which should be composed of five members chosen by direct popular vote. This Constitution stipulated that federal judges must belong to the legal profession and might not be ecclesiastics. The basis of local administration should be departments that were to be managed by political chiefs appointed by the President," (Robertson, History of Latin American Nations, p. 456). But it also restored a section allowing for extraordinary presidential emergency powers, when "the interest or necessity of the Republic demand," which had been removed during the revision of 1885. Tears to top of title repaired on verso, inked name and date, still a very good+ copy.
Londres: Impreso para la Legacion de Honduras, 1876. 40 pp. 4to. Stitched paper wrappers. First edition. "...el muy Honorable Conde de Derby, Principal Secretario de Estado y de Relaciones Exteriores del Gobierno de su Magestad Britanica. Con Motivo de los Diversos Incidentes y Procedimientos del Selecto Comite Sobre Emprestitos Extrangeros, en lo que e Refieren a los Emprestitos de Honduras." Gutierrez had been negotiating with Lord Derby concerning loans for the Honduras interoceanic railway, a scandal that had been progressing for many years and would scar Honduras into the future. The first part of the document, written in 1876, lays out his complaints, followed by copies of his correspondence (which is not complete, this copy lacking those letters after 11 April 1875). OCLC shows no copies, but an English language version is at John Hopkins and Univ. London. Stitching loose, front wrapper stained, soiled, with inch hole at top, edges quite worn, a few annotations and corrections throughout, lacking last leaves.
Ocotepeque: [n.p.], 1854. 1 sheet printed recto only. Folio. 33 x 22 cm. 13 x 8 5/8 inches. First edition. A broadside attacking the constitutional President of Honduras, José Trinidad Cabañas (1805-1871) -a liberal politician who was clearly unacceptable to Conservative Guatemala under the Rafael Carrera- by General José Santos Guardiola Bustillo (1816-1862), who had led an insurrection in 1848. Having fled to Guatemala earlier, he is now returning from his safe haven to help the people throw off the oppression of Trinidad Cabañas he declares: "Hondurans: I would not have thought of moving from the honorable retreat that I had obtained in Guatemala, if I had not received repeated instances and cries of your sufferings. The present ruler General Cabanas, not content with having led to death on the borders of Chiquimula and caused a thousand voluntary evils; He and his companions of the Morazanist faction have continued in the impossible plan of subjecting the whole country to their evil ideology , not hesitating to do so in using the most odious means." The Guatemalan invasion succeeded, Trinidad Cabañas was overthrown, and the Camara General eventually chose Guardiola as President. Signed and dated (year only) with month and day blank) in type: "Cuartel general en Ocotepeque, á [ ] 1854, Santos Guardiola." Quite scarce. OCLC locates only two copies of this first, partially dated edition: UC Berkeley and Boston Public Lib., (OCLC: 56828196). A second printing, (Reimpresa en Granada: En la Imprenta del Orden, 1854) and dated 25 de noviembre de 1854, is at Yale (OCLC: 54232858). CCILA notes the UC copy (but locates it at Riverside). Near fine, but for some creasing at the corners, one tiny nick.