Arrowsmith Map of Mexico Showing Texas as an Independent Republic

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239. [MAP]. ARROWSMITH, J[ohn]. Mexico. By J. Arrowsmith. [inset map at lower left] Mexico, Shewing the connection with the Ports of Acapulco, Vera Cruz, & Tampico; on double the scale of the Map. [below lower neat line at center] London, Pubd. 15 Feby. 1842, by J. Arrowsmith, 10 Soho Square. [lower left blank margin] 44. [atlas tab in right margin] Mexico. London, 1842. Engraved map (Mexico, all of Texas, the Southwest and California to above San Francisco, and east to the Mississippi River, and east to Tallahassee, and north to approximately Council Bluff) on heavy paper with atlas tab intact, original color (outline and wash); neat line to neat line: 47 x 60 cm; overall sheet size: 56 x 68.5 cm. Mexico atlas tab darkened. Very fine.

     This map appeared in The London Atlas of Universal Geography (1842-1850), “remarkable for its understated elegance and clarity... one of the first truly modern atlases” (Rumsey). The map first appeared in Arrowsmith’s 1832 atlas, in which Texas was shown in the earlier smaller conformation, without the Panhandle and the southern border at the Nueces rather than the Rio Grande. Phillips, America, p. 409. Phillips, Atlases 789:44. Rumsey 4613:044. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West I, p. 179 & #459: “On February 15, 1842, John Arrowsmith published a map of Mexico, with all the typical Arrowsmith details in the north. The ‘Swamp Lakes & Is.’ with the legend ‘The tide is said to rise very high in this Swamp—water fresh’ is present, and ‘Youta or Gt. Salt L.’ is of the oblong type, with the ‘American Fur Co. Depot’ on its eastern shore. The other items contained in the Great Basin are typical of Arrowsmith’s maps of the period.”

     Texas is outlined in yellow and shown as an independent republic with the huge Emory-style panhandle. This map by the nephew of Aaron Arrowsmith first appeared in 1832 and was reissued and updated several times. The Arrowsmith family members were among the most respected and influential cartographers of the nineteenth century. In 1810 during the Spanish era, Aaron Arrowsmith created one of the outstanding maps of New Spain (see lot 238 herein). In 1841, John Arrowsmith published a key map of the Republic of Texas, which was the best depiction of Texas available in Europe during the Republic and annexation period (see Martin & Martin 32 & Streeter 1373).


Sold. Hammer: $2,600.00; Price Realized: $3,185.00.

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