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AUCTION 20

Rare Guide to Mexico with Maps of Resaca de Palma & Palo Alto

75. [MAP]. THOMAS, COWPERTHWAIT & CO. (publisher). Map of Mexico including Yucatan. [below neat line] Lower left below neat line: Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1846, by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. in the Clerk’s office of the district court for the eastern district of Pennsylvania [inset map at upper right] Fields of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma See Description page 73 [neat line to neat line: 6.6 x 4.8 cm]. [inset map at lower left] Valley of Mexico including the Federal District [neat line to neat line: 6.7 x 6.2 cm]. Lithograph map on bank note paper, Mexico and New Mexico in original full color and the inset maps in original outline color and with gesso highlights. Neat line to neat line: 19.8 x 26.5 cm. Folded into pocket covers (13.5 x 8.2 cm) and pasted to rear cover of pocket folder, original dark green roan, matching leather label on upper cover (lettered in gilt Mexico), both covers blind-embossed. Pasted to front cover is a pamphlet entitled: Description of the Republic of Mexico, Including its Physical and Moral Features, Geography, Agriculture, Products, Manufacturers, Etc. Illustrated by a Map, in Which is Included Smaller Maps of the Valley of Mexico, and the Fields of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1846. iv, 3-83 pp., engraved text illustrations (scenes, views, flora and fauna, mining, Mexican types, social life, etc.). Map with mild uniform browning and a few fox marks, outer blank edges with a few minor chips. Text with occasional foxing. Folder worn and with a few voids and stains. Modern ownership inscription on front free fly leaf.

     First edition. Rumsey 4716. Not in Howes, Wheat, Palau, Garrett & Goodwin’s Mexican-American War, etc. This exceedingly rare pocket map and guide to Mexico, published in the first flush of war, has good coverage of the two battles fought on Texas soil (Resaca de Palma and Palo Alto), both of which are illustrated in insets on the map. Texas was annexed to the United States in 1845, and this map shows the extensive territory then still part of Mexico that would soon be lost in the Mexican-American War. It was probably put out in haste to satisfy the appetite for news from the front and for the men going to war. The news is so fresh, that the map includes a route from Matamoros to Mexico which “Gen. Taylor most probably will take, should be he directed to march on the capital.” The crude little vignettes are based on illustrations from earlier works, such as Humboldt, Nebel, Gualdi, and others. ($3,500-$6,500)

Sold. Hammer: $3,900.00; Price Realized: $4,582.50

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