Very Good. Item #9244
New York: E.F. Applegate, 1850. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); 35pp.; illus., title paged printed within decorative border. String binding disbound, with all sheets snugly nested and no tears at thread holes. Minor dust-soil and light wear from handling, else a Very Good, albeit imperfect copy, lacking original wrappers.
Bogus travelogue of high-stakes adventuring in Central America, featuring Pedro Velasquez of San Salvador and two unfortunate Americans who meet a violent end though not before procuring the two "remarkable Aztec children" mentioned in the title. The story was made up as part of an elaborate publicity campaign for an exhibition of those same children. As one bibliographer wrote as early as 1873: "It is the most circumstantial fiction which the brain of an advertising agent ever conceived" (Thomas Warren Field, An Essay Towards an Indian Bibliography 1598).