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Auction 13: A Few Good Maps & Manuscripts

Lot 3

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3. [TREATY MAP]. [POCKET MAP]. TANNER, H[enry] S[chenck]. A Map of the United States of Mexico, as Organized and Defined by the Several Acts of the Congress of that Republic. Constructed from a Great Variety of Printed and Manuscript Documents by H. S. Tanner. Second edition, 1837. Below neatline at left: Published by H. S. Tanner, No. 144 Chesnut [sic] St. Philadelphia. Below neatline at right: Entered According to Act of Congress, the 2nd. day of April, 1832, by H. S. Tanner of the State of Pennsylvania. Two insets at lower left: (1) Table of Distances; and (2) Map of the Roads &c from Vera Cruz & Alvarado to Mexico. Inset at right margin: Statistical Table. Pocket map, folded into original 16mo plum cloth covers embossed with floral design, gilt-lettered on front cover: MEXICO (covers present but detached). Engraved map with original full color and outline coloring. 58 x 73 cm (22-7/8 x 28-3/4 inches). Map backed with Japanese tissue. Some mild staining and offsetting, a few minor voids and short repaired splits at folds (minimal losses), 7-inch diagonal cut at lower right margin (if there is indeed a loss, it is very slight; the razor-thin strip of white space appears rather to be due to the lack of skill by the conservator in precisely mounting the map on the Japanese tissue). Original pocket folder slightly faded, and with Thomas W. Streeter’s notes inside front cover, including “2d ed...shows Texas as part of Mexico, Ames April 1927....”

     “Second edition” (dated 1837; copyright April 2, 1832); this version is intermediary between Lawrence Martin’s (d) and (e). Streeter Sale 3824 (this copy). Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West #364n & Vol. II, pp. 229-30 (setting forth Lawrence Martin’s sequence of editions of Tanner’s map and Martin’s commentary). Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region #33n. Despite events in 1836, Texas is still shown as part of Mexico (“Coahuila and Texas”) in its smaller configuration with southwestern boundary at the Nueces River, rather than the Rio Grande. Numerous locations have been added to Texas, and various colonies located.      ($15,000-$25,000)

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