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A fascinating map of Mexico and the American southwest issued in Edinburgh in 1840. Topography, coastal information, and settlements are shown throughout, with particularly good detail given for Mexico and Texas, the latter of which is shown as a republic. Texas had declared its independence just a few years before this map was issued, and Sidney Hall tried to show the new situation with as good information as he had. The old Mexican internal borders are shown, but Texas is named and is indicated as extending well to the northwest, up towards Santa Fe as claimed by the Texans. The Great Salt Lake is shown, named as "L. Youta or Salt Lake," and on its eastern shore is indicated "American Fur Co.'s Depot." Throughout the region are indications of Indian tribes. Of special interest are the markings of roads and major trade routes, including the great road from Chihuahua north to Santa Fe and the "Gr't Spanish Road" from Natchez west along the Red River to Santa Fe. Overall, this is a fascinating and very up-to-date mapping of this region at an important period in its history. $475
S.D.U.K. "Central America II. Including Texas, California and the Northern States of Mexico." London: Chapman & Hall, October 15, 1842. 12 1/8 x 15 1/2. Engraving by J. & C. Walker. Very good condition. Wheat: 460.
A superior map of the American southwest, showing the northern parts of Mexico, 'Nueva California,' and Texas as an independent republic. This map was issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, a wonderful English institution of the mid-nineteenth century. Typical of their maps, copious and exact detail is shown. This includes orographical information, rivers, roads, towns, forts, lakes, and myriad comments on the topography or history of exploration in the region. The map is particularly interesting in its showing Texas as a republic, for it is one of the few available maps to do so with any detail. The republic is shown enlarged in the northwest part to include most of present-day New Mexico, extending beyond Santa Fe. A note of some interest is the "Supposed Petrified Forest" in the western part of the republic. The precise engraving and neat presentation make this map easy to read, something that is well worth pursuing. This is a fine example of the quite scarce first edition. $975
Carl Flemming. "Vereinigte Staaten Von Nord-America." Glogau, Germany: C. Flemming, 1844. 12 x 16 1/8. Lithograph by C. Flemming. Original outline color. Some slight toning at edges. Overall, very good condition.
A map of the United States by Flemming, focusing on the the topography and political situation of the country, including Texas shown as a republic. The mountains and rivers in the northwest are shown quite graphically, and the northern part of the Great Basin is shown with a mistaken, double-image of the Great Salt Lake, and from the southern lake an equally non-existent river flows to the Pacific. The trans-Mississippi region shows mostly rivers, mountains and many Indian tribes A numbered key in the lower left is used to name the states and territories, and to give their areas and populations. An unusual feature of interest is the "Grosse National Strasse" (Great National Road) that is shown running from Washington D.C. to St. Louis. $525
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