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San Salvador
Jacques N. Bellin. "Grundriss der Stadt St. Salvador. Haupt-stadt in Brasilien." From Allgemeine Historie Der Reisen Zu Wasser Und Zu Land…. Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1758. 7 1/2 x 11 3/4. Engraving. Very good condition.

A detailed map of San Salvador by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, the Hydrographer to the King of France, from a German edition of Prevost's Voyages. From about 1650 to 1750, the French dominated the cartographic world, with their fine, scientifically based maps, elegantly engraved and precisely detailed. Bellin (1703-72) was one of the best in the later period. His map of the capital of El Salvador shows very precise detail of the city, with the main features identified through a numbered and a lettered key. An added feature is the view of the city as seen from the bay, engraved along the top. $175

Desilver Central America 1856
J.L. Hazzard. "A New Map of Central America." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 12 3/4 x 15 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With decorative border.

Charles Desilver, one of the many publishers working in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century, issued an atlas of maps based on the famous Tanner-Mitchell-Cowperthwait series. Desilver used much the same information as originally drawn in the 1840s, but updated the maps with new roads, towns, and other information. This map is typical of the rather unusual and scarce Desilver atlas. Insets showing a "map of the communication by railroad across the Isthmus of Darien from Aspinwall to Panama" and "The Isthmus of Tehuantepec Showing the Proposed Route from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean." An attractive and fascinating document of Central America. $150

A.J. Johnson. "Johnson's Mexico, Johnson's Central America." New York: A.J. Johnson, 1867. 24 1/8 x 15 5/8. Double folio. Lithograph. Original hand color. Minor chipping in lower left and upper left corners. Otherwise, very good condition.

Another map by Johnson. The Central American map is the same as mentioned above, however an additional map of Mexico is included along with an insert of the Territory and Isthmus of Tehuantepec. $75

"Map of Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1875. 13 3/8 x 22. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A thorough map of Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. Also included are inserts of the Bermuda Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, and the Panama Railroad. The railroad was completed in 1855 and shifted the trade interests from the port of British ruled Belize to the Pacific coast ports. British influence receded thereafter. A typical nineteenth century decorative border finishes the piece. $175


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