Anderson, Alex D.; The Silver Country or The Great Southwest - A Review of the Mineral and Other Wealth, the Attractions and Material Development of the Former Kingdom of New Spain, Comprising Mexico and the Mexican Cessions to the United States in 1848 and 1853. 1st edition, New York, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1877. Octavo, pp. 221, folded map of “New Spain”.
The work is complete and in the original brown cloth with gilt spine titles and a black ruled map of “New Spain” on the front cover. The binding is tight with scuffing to board edges and corners. Owner’s stamp on title page (L. N. Charles) and below that a stamp “presented to Sam’l M. Gaines, 1895”. The folded map has an old scotch tape mark at the inner edge where map is tipped in. Over all in very good condition.
Anderson’s book provides the first work on the whole of the southwest territory to be published following the war with Mexico. He includes details on the known gold and silver resources, agriculture, topography and climate, scenery and tourist attractions, the foreign commerce of Mexico, and the advance of railways. and an important early bibliography of the region. "The Silver Country” covers Mexico and her lost provinces of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Western Colorado.