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3. [ATLAS].  GARCÍA CUBAS, Antonio. Atlas metódico para la enseñanza de la geografía de la República Mexicana. Formado y dedicado a la Sociedad Mexicana de Geografía y Estadística.Mexico:  Sandoval y Vázquez, Impresores, 1874. 54 pp., 17 leaves of plates containing 33 uncolored, unattributed lithograph maps of Mexico (state maps, a few thematic), some folded.  [Bound with another work]:  CORTAMBERT, [Pierre François] E[ugène]. Petit atlas de géographie moderne dressé sous la direction de E. Cortambert.  Paris:  Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, n.d. [ca. 1852]. [4] pp., 12 hand-colored folded lithograph maps.  4to, contemporary brown leather over green embossed paper-covered boards, supralibros on upper cover (inlay of blue paper gilt-lettered M.R.M.), small modern typewritten label (69) taped to spine, edges hand-inked in hachure design.  Green paper on covers moderately rubbed and with some chipping, corners bumped, second work with moderate waterstaining to first few leaves, interior very fine.  “1875” stamped on front free endpaper, embossed stamp of Juan N. Méndez, with his signature in ink on title. Méndez (1820-1894), professional soldier and politician, fought against the French (see Dicc. Porrúa).  In an interesting Mexican binding, with contemporary ink note on pastedown, stating the book was bound April 24, 1875, signed by Donaciano Arreaga.

     First work:  First edition. Palau 98728. Porrúa (1949) 6924.  This Mexican atlas includes a separate map for each state and territory of Mexico, along with thematic maps, such as education, hydrography, and mining.  The accompanying text pages include statistical and geographical descriptions of each area.  The map of Baja California locates pearl fisheries. García y Cubas, a giant of Mexican geography and cartography, is known as “el fundador de nuestra geografía como ciencia” (Dicc. Porrúa).  The second work is an attractive, restrained example of the type of atlas issued by the French geographic firm of Cortambert; of the twelve maps, three are of France.  ($500-1,000)

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