Publisher: London: Ward and Lock, 1862.
Edition: First edition in English.
Bibliographical References: Sadleir, vol. 2, page 5, which records this title, but notes that this one is not in his collection.
Condition: Edges slightly worn; fine copy.
Book ID: 27973
DescriptionSmall 8vo, 19th century red half calf, marbled paper boards, green leather spine label, gilt decorations and lettering.
CommentsOne in a lengthy series of tales set in the Americas by Frenchman Gustave Aimard (1818-1883), who based the works on his personal experiences in expeditions seeking adventure, fame, and fortune, which interestingly led him to have a progressive attitude towards American Indians and Mesoamericans among others. Aimard's fiction reflects a more open-minded and sympathetic attitude toward his subjects, and parts of The Red Track, with its interesting subtitle "A Story of Social Life in Mexico," read like enlightened travel literature. Translated by novelist and writer Lascelles Wraxall (1828-1865), with a preface on Aimard and his works. Contemporary bookplate on the front paste-down, with a shelf mark written in ink above.