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David H. Burr. "The United States of Mexico." From Universal Atlas. New York: D.H. Burr, Feb. 16, 1832. 12 1/2 x 10 1/4. Engraving by Illman & Pilbrow. Full original color. Some paper waviness. Otherwise, very good condition.

An excellent map of the southwestern part of North America, along with Central America, by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. This map shows Mexico three years before Texas broke off and just over a decade before it lost its entire northern section, becoming today's American southwest. Stephen F. Austin had received a grant to settle in Texas in 1823 and more and more Americans moved into the area until in 1830 the Mexican government forbade further emigration into Texas from the U.S. Relations between the Americans in Texas and Mexico deteriorated and in June 1832, just after this map was issued, the first fighting broke out at the Battle of Velasco. This map shows early settlements in Texas, including San Felippe de Austin, S. Antonio, la Trinity, Ft. del Altar, Espada, Lagunilla, Matagordia, Brazoria, and Nacadoches. The information in the inset map of South America ("Guatemala or the United Provinces of Central America") is also very good. $850

Henry S. Tanner. "Mexico & Guatemala." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1846. 12 3/4 x 14 3/4. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original color. Some typical paper toning. Very good condition. Wheat: 519.

An excellent map of Mexico by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner. The map shows Mexico at the beginning of the Mexican-American War, during which the country lost its northern provinces to the United States. In that region, the detail in New Mexico, along the Rio Grande to north of Santa Fe, is quite accurate, but the information in Upper California is not so correct. Texas is shown as part of the United States, having just been annexed the year before this map was issued. This map came from the final edition of Tanner's atlas before Mitchell, the publisher, made the atlas his own. $475

"Mexico & Guatemala:" Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1851. 12 x 15. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original color. Short, repaired tear at bottom about 1 1/4" into image; else, very good condition.

This strong map of Mexico and Central America is a later version of the S. Augustus Mitchell's original (cf. above). Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. acquired the Mitchell plates and reissued them beginning in 1850. Topographical information is clearly presented, with towns, roads, and some orography clearly presented. Political divisions are indicated with contrasting pastel shades. In this map the western parts of the United States are now shown to include the Utah and New Mexico Territories. Together with insets of Guatemala and of the Valley of Mexico, this map sheet provides an excellent picture of the region in the middle of the nineteenth century. $175

"Mexico & Guatemala." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 15 3/4 x 12 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 "The Isthmus of Tehuantepec", "The Isthmus of Nicaragua", Central America, and the "Valley of Mexico". An attractive and fascinating document of these countries. $150

"Johnson's Mexico." New York: Johnson & Ward, ca. 1862. 12 1/2 x 15 1/2. Lithography. Full original hand-color. Very good condition.

Johnson & Ward, which published out of New York City, was one of the leading cartographic publishers in the latter half of the century, producing popular maps, atlases, and geographies. This map shows Mexico is a derivative map of the Colton map listed above, with the addition of a decorative border. $125

"Map of Mexico, and Central America." From A System of Modern Geography. Philadelphia: J.H. Butler, 1875. 8 1/4 x 10 3/4. Lithograph. Full hand color. Very good condition.

A small map from one of the many S. Augustus Mitchell atlases issued in the second part of the nineteenth century. This map has surprisingly good topographical detail, and indicates major towns, rivers, and political divisions. $25

"Mexico." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1889. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

A delightful map of Mexico issued in 1889 by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company. This firm was founded by John and Charles Arbuckle of Pittsburgh, PA. They developed a machine to weigh, fill, seal and label coffee in paper packages, which allowed them to become the largest importer and seller of coffee in the world. Their most famous promotional program involved the issuing of several series of small, colorful trading cards, one of which was included in every package of Arbuckle's Coffee. These series included cards with sports, food, historic scenes, and-one of the most popular-maps. The latter cards included not only a map, but also small illustrations "which portrays the peculiarities of the industry, scenery, etc." of the region depicted. This card of Mexico includes vignette scenes mules crossing the mountains and a bull fight. $60

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