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October 26, 2007

55. [GEOGRAPHY]. SANCHEZ DE BUSTAMANTE, A[ntonio]. Nuevo curso completo de geografía universal, física, histórica, comercial, industrial y militar, segun Balbi, Malte-Brun, Chauchard y Muntz, Meissas y Michelot, Cortambert, Letronne, Montenegro y Colon, Codazzi, Ferdejo, Alcala, etc., etc., con arreglo a las actuales divisiones politicas, a las ultimas transacciones y a los descubrimientos mas recientes, para uso de los nuevos estados americanos, con un resumen preliminar de geografia antigua y sagrada. Paris: Librería de Rosa, 1844. cxli [1 blank], [2], 648 + [4], 807 [1 blank] pp., 10 folding engraved maps and plates, including 2 maps showing Texas: América del Norte [below neat line] Grabado en Paris par J. Barthélemier (neat line to neat line: 19.7 x 26 cm); Méjico, Tejas y Centro-América. [below neat line] Grabado en Paris par J. Barthélemier (neat line to neat line: 19.7 x 26 cm). 2 vols., 8vo (19.5 x 11.2), contemporary full speckled calf, spines gilt lettered and decorated, boards gilt rolled, edges marbled, marbled endpapers. Binding moderately rubbed and worn, spines dry, upper joint of second volume cracked (but holding), corners and some board edges exposed, remains of bookplate in gutter margin on front free endpaper of first volume, interior and maps very fine and crisp.

            First edition, with introduction dated June 30, 1844, in Paris. The Bibliothèque Nationale does not have this edition; the earliest they have is the 1853 edition (with second edition stated on title), with later editions (1856, 1863, 1870). Palau (294929) lists only the 1856 edition.

            This work is a general geography covering the entire world, all of which is illustrated by maps. There is an extensive section on the United States, its states, and its territories. At the time a near neighbor to the U.S. was the Republic of Texas, which is treated in its own separate section and shown on both the map of North America and the map of Mexico (see above). Texas is made to sound like an earthly paradise with fertile soil supporting crops of cotton, sugar cane, and corn. Her cities are said to be growing rapidly. Although there is some brief discussion of Texas’ desire to be annexed to the United States and Mexico’s discomfort with that prospect, the author seems to believe that the absorption will eventually happen, especially since Texas has formed its government to mirror that of the United States. Although the Mexico map showing Texas is generally accurate, Austin is placed too far to the east on the Brazos River, a mistake repeated in the text. The Borderlands regions of Mexico including California and New Mexico are each given separate treatment.

            Little is known about Parisian publisher Rosa except his last name, though his rare map Mapa de los Estados Unidos Mejicanos published in Paris in 1837 is celebrated as the most elusive segment in the evolution of the resounding Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo map (see our Auction 19, Lot 113). Rosa frequently published books and maps about Mexico and America around this time period, a somewhat unusual specialty for a Parisian publisher of the era. Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers (2004 edition) locates Rosa (last name only) at Gran Patio del Palacio Real, Rue Calle de Montpensier No. 5 in Paris. Tooley notes a later publishing partnership of Rosa y Bouret. Sabin lists publications by Rosa of authors such as Humboldt (Viage á las regiones equinocciales del nuevo continente, hecho en 1799, hasta 1804, por Al. de Humboldt y A. Bonpland (5 vols., Paris: En Casa de Rosa, 1826), Las Casas, Thomas Gage, Bolivar, Díaz del Castillo, Cortes, José Maria Luis Mora, et al. ($250-500)

Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $293.75

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