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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



Colton Central America
J.H. Colton. "Central America." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1855. 12 x 15. Lithograph. Original hand color. Small chips in extreme margins. Else, very good condition. Denver.

A lovely map of Central America, from Panama to the Yucatan, issued around mid-century by the Colton cartographic firm of New York. At the time this map was produced, the British were the dominating external force in the region. However, with the Gold Rush in 1849 came American interest in trade routes through the area.. An American by the name of William Walker, gained control of Nicaragua. His power was over extended resulting in political and military cooperation between the remaining Central American countries. Walker was ousted in less than five years. Five insets are also included: Aspinwall City, Panama City, the "Nicaragua Route," Harbor of San Juan de Nicaragua, and the Isthmus of Panama. $150



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



Gray West Indies and Central America
Frank. A. Gray "West Indies and Central America" Philadelphia: O.W. Gray & Son, 1876. 12 x 16. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

A nicely detailed map of the region by the Philadelphia firm of O.W. Gray and Son. The firm began its publishing around mid-century and published regional and U.S. atlases up to the 1880s. This map is typical of their work, its attractive presentation and interesting detail make it a nice example of American cartography of the period. Also of note is the inset map of the Bermuda Islands. A charming map of the area. $125



"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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