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October 26, 2007

94. [MAP]. FLEMMING, C[arl]. Mexico, Mittel America, Texas. [below neat line] Lithographie, Druck u. Verlag von C. Flemming in Glogau. Glogau, n.d. [ca. 1851?]. Lithograph map, original outline coloring (neat line to neat line: 33 x 41.9 cm), numbered key at left for over fifty mountains and volcanoes, color key for Texas, Mexican states, Central American states, and British Honduras, keyed dots of different sizes to indicate population, symbols for tribal lands, railroads, canals, roads, etc. Light wear and some mild marginal staining, left blank margin with old adhesive, generally very good.

            The present map appeared in Karl Sohr’s Vollständiger Hand-Atlas der neueren Erdbeschreibung über alle Theile der Erde (Phillips, Atlases 6137n, passim). Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 213. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 745 (referring to the map as a “throwback of the first water” relying on the maps of J. Calvin Smith and S. Tanner). Sohr’s atlas was first published 1842–1844 and went through many editions. The map itself is undated, but the configuration of Texas as a Republic is sympathetic to the Mexican point of view, showing the Nueces River as the boundary rather than the Rio Grande. Emory’s ambitious borders, pushing to Wyoming in the north and solidly at the Rio Grande in the south, are nowhere to be seen. In fact, practically the entirety of the West beyond Texas is shown as part of Mexico. The colorist has outlined Texas in orange. Flemming was active in the 1840s and 1850s, and perhaps later. Wheat lists the map under Berghaus, who was the publisher of Sohr’s Hand-Atlas. ($150-300)

Sold. Hammer: $325.00; Price Realized: $381.88

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