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Lot 40

Map of Mexico by Castro & Gentilz

40. [MAP]. CASTRO, Lorenzo. Map of the Republic of Mexico Revised and Corrected by Lorenzo Castro, Revised and Corrected by Lorenzo Castro, Drawn by Theodore Gentilz. Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1882 in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington, D.C. Thompson & Moreau, Printers, 51& 53 Maiden Lane, N.Y. Photo-Lith. by E. C. Bridgeman 88 Warren Str., N.Y. Lithograph map on bank note paper, U.S.-Mexico and Mexico-Guatemala borders outlined in red, inset text at left (“Explanation” and Statistics”), lower left with two comparative views (“Height of the principal mountains in feet” and “Approximate lengths of the principal rivers in miles...”). Very fine. 80 x 112.6 cm (30-1/2 x 45 inches). Lithograph map. A few clean splits at old folds (no losses), else very fine. Rare.

     This large, handsome, detailed map of Mexico and the Borderlands shows the Gulf of Mexico, most of Texas and the railroad routes throughout Mexico and along the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and east to Florida, encompassing the western tip of Cuba. The map was published to accompany (but is seldom found with) Lorenzo Castro’s thorough guide book, The Republic of Mexico in 1882. With Revised and Corrected Map. New York: Thompson & Moreau, 1882. (See Raines, p. 225. Ramos 952.) The makers of this wonderful map are outstanding for Texas history. The original map was drawn by Theodore Gentilz (1820-1906), the French artist and engineer employed by Henri Castro to survey and promote his colony southwest of San Antonio. Gentilz went on to record a large area of the Texas southwest and northern Mexico. His paintings of nineteenth-century Texas are considered by many to be the best that survive. Here we have Lorenzo Castro’s revision and updating of Gentilz’s original map. Lorenzo Castro was the son French empresario Henri Castro, consul general for the Republic of Texas at Paris and colonizer and founder of Castroville, Quihi, Vandenburg, and D'Hanis. After the death of Henri, Lorenzo carried on his father’s colonization project in Texas, and wrote another work: Immigration from Alsace and Lorraine. A Brief Sketch of the History of Castro’s Colony in Western Texas (New York: George. W. Wheat & Co., Printers, 1871). ($750-1,500)

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