The War in Nicaragua

Walker, William

Edité par S.H. Goetzel & Co., Mobile, AL [New York], 1860
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Titre : The War in Nicaragua

Éditeur : S.H. Goetzel & Co., Mobile, AL [New York]

Date d'édition : 1860

Reliure : Hardcover

Edition : First edition.

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Octavo, pp 431, publisher's list, folding map. The map (14 x 16") is 4 color and is titled "Colton's Nicaragua , Guatemala, Honduras, San Salvador & Costa Rica. Revised, Enlarged and published by S.H. Goetzel & Co. / Mobile Ala." There is also a portrait frontispiece of the author (foxed), with tissue guard. Walker (1824 - 60) is the most famous, or notorious, of the filibusters. He tried to take over parts of Mexico, e.g. Sonora and Baja, but he is known mostly for his later attempt, with a private army, to take over Nicaragua. A Southerner, he intended to introduce slavery into the regions under his control. His vicissitudes are truly amazing, and he came very close to achieving his goal. At his high point he was in complete control of Nicaragua, but made the mistakee of shutting down the transit lines for steamships from one coast to the other, this at a time when Nicaragua served as the major crossing point. The steamship company was owned by the Vanderbilt's, and Walker lost much of his support from US sources. He was finally caught and shot by the Honduran army. This is the only book he published, which came out the year of his death, and is a very important source for these events. The publisher is of interest, as he became one of the major publishers of the Confederacy. The copy is in the original blue, blind-stamped cloth; there is slight foxing to the preliminaries and final leaves; the map has tape-repairs. There is a contemporary ownership (1888) signature on the fly-leaf; binding is a little worn. But all in all a very good copy of this book. N° de réf. du libraire 6698

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