A finely crafted map of Mexico and the southwestern part of the U.S. by Aaron Arrowsmith's nephew, John. It first appeared in 1834 and was reissued several times, each with updated information. While this map shows a copyright date of 1842, the fact that California and Texas are both shown as part of the United States demonstrates that it was issued after the Mexican-American war ended. Detail is precisely depicted throughout, including many rivers, swamps, lakes, and other such features, along with a profusion of towns and roads. The Mexican states are highlighted with bright contrasting colors. An inset in the lower left shows the "Mexico, Shewing its connection with the Ports of Acapulco, Vera Curz, & Tampico." $950
Sidney Hall. "Mexico, California & Texas." Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, ca. 1849. 10 1/4 x 14 1/2. Engraving by S. Hall. Original color. Light spot in map. Very good condition. Inset in lower left of "Guatimala." Denver.
An interesting map of Mexico and the American southwest issued in Edinburgh about 1849. Details of topography and settlements are shown throughout, and roads and political divisions are also indicated. This map was issued after the Mexican-American war, so Texas, New Mexico, Utah, and California are all shown as part of the United States. In Utah, Salt Lake City is shown on the Great Salt Lake, with the note that it is a "Mormon Set." Throughout the region are indications of Indian tribes. Overall, this is an interesting and up-to-date mapping of this region at an important period in its history. $375
J. Rapkin. "Mexico, California and Texas." London: John Tallis, 1851. 10 x 13. Engraved by J. Rapkin. Original outline color. Vignettes drawn by H. Warren. Very good condition.
A very decorative and interesting map of the American southwest, showing Mexico, Texas and a large California territory. Throughout the area, towns, rivers, mountains, and political borders are delineated. The only road indicated is the "Great Caravan Route" running from Santa Fe to "Pueblo de los Angelos," that is, the Santa Fe Trail. Though issued shortly after the Compromise of 1850, Texas is shown with its larger borders extending to the Rio Grande, and thus including Santa Fe and other lands to its north and east. The map includes also the land to the west of this enlarged Texas, shown as "New or Upper California." Of particular interest is the depiction, using a keyed yellow wash, of the "newly discovered GOLD districts" in California, just two years after the gold rush of '49. San Francisco is indicated, as is Sutter's Mill, still called "Nueva Helvetia." The gold theme continues in one of the three vignettes in which four men pan for gold. A final flourish is the decorative border showing plants from the southwest, including cactus, squash, and melons. $525
"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
Carl Flemming. "Mexico, Mittel-America, Texas." From Heinrich Berghaus's Vollständiger Universal-Handatlas. Glogau, Germany: C. Flemming, 1853. 13 x 16 1/2. Lithograph by C. Flemming. Original outline color. Very good condition. Denver.
Carl Flemming was the founder of an important German firm located in Berlin and Glogau and this map shows characteristic German detail. The Germans were very interested in America at this period, with large numbers having emigrated to Texas in the 1840s, and more taking advantage of the opportunities of land and employment by coming to the mid-west and into the west. This map shows Mexico, Central America, Texas, and the present-day southwest U.S.. The mapping of the topography of this later region is quite confused, but the reduced (and present) borders of Texas are indicated as established by the Compromise of 1850, even though the old border is also shown with the cut off territory labeled as "New Mexico." $475
Andrew B. Gray. "Map Of That Portion Of The Boundary Between The United States and Mexico. From The Pacific Coast To The Junction Of The Gila And Colorado Rivers, Surveyed Under The Direction Of The Hon. John B. Weller U.S. Commissioner, And The Rio Gila From Near Its Intersection, With The Southern Boundary Of New Mexico, Surveyed Under The Direction Of John R. Bartlett." Washington: GPO, 1855. 21 x 49. Lithograph by Ackerman. Folded on somewhat brittle paper. Short tear near where attached; otherwise, very good. With original Senate report bound with new covers. Wheat: 840. Denver.
A large, very detailed map, called by Wheat "clearly a major performance." The map was created under the instructions of the Joint Commission that had been set up by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to map the new U.S.-Mexico border, including the Gadsden Purchase of 1854. This map is minutely detailed along the border region, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to Texas. Included is a inset "Sketch of the Port of San Diego." This is an excellent example of the quality of the government mapping of the west in the nineteenth century. $2,500
"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
"Colton's Mexico." New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., 1884. Separately issued map on banknote 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
"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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