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Retro British Map of Mexico showing Texas as part of San Luis Potosí in 1838

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600. [MAP]. FISHER, SON & CO. Mexico. [below neat line, at center] Fisher, Son & Co. London, 1838. [below neat line, at center] Jas. Bingley sculp. London, 1838. Copper-engraved map of Mexico, Texas, and the U.S. from ca. 35th parallel (in essence Richmond, Virginia, to Monterey Bay), original outline color and color wash to parts of Mexico; border to border: 18.5 x 23 cm. Very fine, in a very handsome double-matted modern wood and gilt frame.

     Although retrograde, a very handsome and detailed depiction of Mexico and its borderland territories, with Texas shown as part of San Luis Potosí. Because of the map’s small size, details are rather sparse, although major features are shown., including a poorly delineated Rio Grande and a somewhat vague Texas coastline, and a strangely elongated New Mexico, extending like a finger to Taos, to the west of which are “Unknown Parts.”On the other hand, numerous places on the California coast are accurately depicted, such as San Diego and Santa Barbara. The locations of some Native American tribes, for example, the Apache, are also shown. The Colorado River is delineated accurately, as emptying into the Gulf of California.

     Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers, revised edition, Vol. II, p. 73 documents Fisher, Son and Co. (fl. 1825-ca. 1845) in Paris and London, and associates the firm with the Fisher family and Company, also known as the Caxton Press and prolific publishers of popular books and prints. Tooley (Vol. I, p. 139) records that engraver James Bingley of Cogswell Road in 1823 was located on Sidney Street in Islington, London. He was active up to 1837 and did work for Henry Teesdale, Cowie & Strange, and Thomas Moule. 


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