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AUCTION 20

70. [MAP]. POPPER, Julio. Mapa de las lineas de transporte tributarias a los intereses comerciales de Nueva Orleans preparado para la Bolsa Mercantil Mexicana. Centro y Sur Americana por Julio Popper 1883. [above lower neat line]: M. F. Dunn & Bro. Lithographers. New Orleans, La. U.S.A. | Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1883 by Mexican Central American & South American Commercial Exchange of New Orleans, La. in the Office of the Librarian of Congress. New Orleans, 1883. Lithograph map with original maize shading, on thin paper. Neat line to neat line: 86 x 62 cm. Creased where formerly folded, a few splits and tears at folds (a few minor losses), a few stains and spots. Very scarce.

     The map shows the U.S. west as far as Idaho and extends south to the Galapagos and Ecuador and east to Haiti, with an emphasis on railroads and shipping lines. The thrust of the map is directed to inter-American transportation and communication, and directing that flow to Europe. Shown is the projected route of the Panama Canal, on which the French had begun construction the previous year.

     Julio Popper (1857-1893; also listed under Julio Popper Ferry) was a brilliant Jewish Rumanian engineer, cartographer, miner, and businessman who promoted integration and development of American transportation and trade. His travels included Egypt, Japan, China, India, Siberia, United States, Cuba, Mexico, and Brazil. He is best known for his adventures in Tierra del Fuego, settling at "El Páramo" where he built and worked gold mines (the location of which are still undiscovered). He coined his own money and stamps, and had his own small army uniformed as Prussian soldiers to thwart marauders attracted by the desire for gold. ($400-800)

Sold. Hammer: $1,600.00; Price Realized: $1,880.00

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