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Republic of Texas Elegantly Chopped Down to Size by the French

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327.     [MAP]. LAPIE, A[lexandre] É[mile & Pierre]. Carte des États-Unis du Méxique Dressée par M. Lapie, Colonel d’État Major. et M. Lapie fils Capitaine au même Corpl Paris 1838 chez P.C. Lehuby, Rue de Seine No. 48. [inset map at lower left, slightly iregular size, 17.7 x 21.7 cm] Carte du Guatemala ou Provinces-Unies de l’Amérique Centrale [below border] Graveé par Pierre Tardieu | Imprimé par Louis Letronne [top margin at right, number outside neat line] 44e. Paris, 1838. Engraved map of North America from Southern Canada to south of Yucatan, original hand-colored boundaries, relief shown by hachures. 54.8 x 40 cm. Very fine; linen mat, maple frame, glazed.

     The elegantly engraved map appeared in an edition of Lapie’s celebrated Atlas Universel de Géographie (see Phillips 123, 123a, 754, 765, 787, etc.). Kapp, Central America 108. Rumsey 2174.044 (1829 edition). Texas is shown as an independent Republic, in its pre-Panhandle incarnation, heart-shaped, and quite diminished in size. The cartography shows Mexico with lots of topographical and political detail, but with sparse information in Upper California. Little was known of this area before Frémont’s explorations, and the map contains the standard errors of the time, including a double rendering of the Great Salt Lake and rivers running from those lakes to the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco Bay.

     The map was drawn by Pierre Lapie (1779-1851), who had an interesting history of survival. First he was Geographer to the King before the Revolution, then he survived the Revolution, became the Imperial Geographer during the Empire, and finally was once again Geographer to the King.


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