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A.H. Dufour. "Amérique du Nord." Paris: J. Andriveau-Goujon, 1838. Separately issued map, dissected into 18 sections and mounted on linen for folding. 36 x 24 3/4. Engraving. Original outline color. Excellent condition. With paper slip cover. Denver.

A finely produced map of North America by Adolph Hippolyte Dufour. Detail includes much topography, with a graphic depiction of mountains and many rivers. This is based on an 1834 map by Brué, that included the latest information available, including Lewis & Clark and other early reports. Of note is the double depiction of the Great Salt Lake. Also shown are myriad settlements and political borders. Of particular interest is the depiction of Texas as an independent republic. Dufour leaves blank the then controversial border in the Oregon Territory between Canada and the United States. In the trans-Mississippi west are several Indian districts. This is one of the better pre-Frémont maps of the continent. $1,750



Mitchell Mexico
S. Augustus Mitchell. "Map of Mexico Including Yucatan & Upper California, exhibiting The Chief Cities And Towns, The Principal Travelling Routes &c." Second state, with copyright of 1846. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell, 1847. Folding map on thin bank note paper (missing covers). 17 1/4 x 25 1/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. With some separations and small holes at folds; all expertly repaired and filled. Overall, very good condition. With inset of "The Late Battlefield." Wheat: 548. Denver.

With the annexation of Texas into the United States, war soon erupted between the U.S. and Mexico. As soon as the conflict was under way, Philadelphia map publisher, S. Augustus Mitchell, saw that there would be a demand for maps detailing the events in this far-off corner of the continent, so he quickly came out with a folding map of Mexico, with Texas shown with a red outline in its relative position, its panhandle extending to the 42nd parallel. The map was very much a war map, with topographical information kept to a minimum, but roads, towns, political divisions and rivers are clearly shown. Mitchell updated this map as news arrived of events, adding little flags to indicate the site of battles. This map shows the battles of the Alamo, San Jacinto, Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Monterey. In the upper right Mitchell included a detailed inset map of "The Late Battlefield" at Monterey. Another feature of interest is the depiction of the "Great Spanish Trail to Santa Fe" (from San Francisco) and the "Trader's Route to Independence, Mo." from Santa Fe to the east. A fine example of this important war map. $8,500



Perley: Province of New Brunswick
George Hayward Perley. "Map of the Province of New Brunswick, Compiled From The Latest Authorities." St. Johns, N.B.: Henry Chubb & Co., 1853. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 15 sections and mounted on linen. 20 3/4 x 21. Lithograph by J.H. Bufford. Original outline color. Paper somewhat toned and light spotting. Otherwise, very good condition. Folding into original cloth covers.

The demand for good local maps led to the development of regional maps, such as this provincial image of New Brunswick, in the middle of the nineteenth century. Typically, topography, towns, roads, lakes, and railroads are shown with impressive detail throughout. $250



"Colton's Mexico." New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., 1884. Separately issued map on bank note paper, folding into original covers. 12 1/2 x 15 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Excellent condition. Denver.

This map of Mexico is a fine example of a separately issued traveler's map. It was based by Colton on the most authoritative sources available at the time. Because this map would have been interested to many living in or passing through Texas, there is much information given of that state, especially of the railroads through the state and into Mexico. Details of topography, survey lines, towns, roads, and much else is very clearly presented. This map would have provided an excellent reference for anyone traveling to or through Mexico in 1884, and it likewise provides us with an excellent picture of the country in that distant time. $650




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