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MEYER, Pedro.
Los cohetes duraron todo el día [The Rockets Went On All Day].
(Mexico City): Pemex (Petróleos Mexicanos), (1988).
£900

(389 x 275 mm), pp.[ii], 146, [4]. 163 black-and-white photographs, introduction by Francisco Rojas G., preface by Meyer. Black-and-white illustrated endpapers. Black cloth-covered boards, spine and upper side lettered in gilt; corners lightly rubbed. Photo-illustrated dust-jacket; touch of wear to edges. Near-fine.

First edition. This company book was made for the state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (PemEx) to commemorate its 50th anniversary. It was never offically distributed because in his introduction Meyer dedicated the book to Lázaro Cárdenas, the left-wing former president of Mexico who had nationalized the oil industry in 1938. At the time that the publication was being prepared, Cárdenas’s son Cuauhtémoc was running against the right-wing candidate Carlos Salinas in the 1988 presidential election. Salinas won and took exception to the dedication, he censored distribution of the book and seized and destroyed most of the copies. ‘The political scuffling apart, this is a fine example of a company photobook in the journalistic mode, a mini Family of Man in outlook, but one with more of a social viewpoint and political bite’ (The Photobook).

The Photobook: A History vol.II pp.199-200.

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