MAYER, Brantz. Mexico, Aztec, Spanish and Republican: A Historical, Geographical, Political, Statistical and Social Account of the Country from the Period of the Invasion by the Spaniards to the Present Time; With a View of the Ancient Aztec Empire and Civilization; a Historical Sketch of the Late War: and Notices of New Mexico and California. Hartford: S. Drake and Company, 1853. 2 Vols. 433; 398pp. Portrait Frontises., illus., plates. Contemporary 3/4 polished calf and marbled boards, gilt-decorated raised spine bands, brown morocco spine labels. Faint foxing to Frontises. Light uniform toning, else a very good or better set. Sabin 47100. A large part of Volume One is devoted to the causes, battles, and outcomes of the Mexican War. The second volume is a geographic description of the country, state by state, concluding with a description of California. Brantz served three times as Secretary of the American legation to Mexico in the years leading up to the war. He was able to use his experiences and the considerable library he collected about Mexico to write this work.