Rare & Important French Map for Texas & the West

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248. [MAP]. BRUÉ, A[drien] H[ubert] & Ch[arles] Piquet. Nouvelle Carte du Mexique, et d’une partie des provinces unies de l’Amérique Centrale. Dediee a l’Academie Royale des Sciences de l’Institut de France. Par A.H. Brué, Géographe du Roi, Membre de la common. centrale de la société de Géographie de Paris, membre-honoraire de celle de Londres, &a. Paris, 1834. Chez Ch. Picquet, Géographe du Roi et du Duc d’Orleans, Proprietaire des Cartes et Atlas de Brué, Quai Conti No. 17, près de l’Institut. Oeuvre Posthume;[in oval at left of title] Revue et augmentée par Ch. Piquet en 1839; [in circle right of title surrounded by embosure] Depuis 1822 l’Auteur n’a donne ses soins qu’a...;[inset map showing road between Mexico and Veracruz at lower left] Détails des environs de México et de la Vera-Cruz;[inset map of Yucatán and Central America at lower center] Complement de la Carte donnant le Yucatan et une partie des provinces unies de l’Amérique Centrale.Paris: Ch. Picquet, 1839. Engraved map, original outline coloring, piano-key border. Neat line to neat line: 93.2 x 63 cm; overall sheet size: 96 x 67 cm, cut in 21 sections and mounted on cartographic linen, one section with engraved book label of Piquet and later bookplate of Antonio Moreno. Slight darkening, a few losses at folds. Folds clumsily repaired on verso with newer white tape. Very rare.

     Revised edition of Brue’s important 1834 map, noted for early depiction of the discoveries of Jedediah Smith in the West, here with some changes of a constantly evolving map, such as labelling Texas (the next revision includes Texas in the title), slight changes to imprint, etc. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 404 (citing the 1834 version in his entry 401): “A monumental map, much on the order of the Arrowsmith and Wyld maps of the period. Contains the earliest references to Jedediah Smith”; Vol. II, pp. 144-145: “A most important map of 1834–historically speaking—was that of A.H. Brué, also published posthumously in Paris by his widow. It was a map of Mexico, beautifully engraved, as were all the maps of this cartographer.... The 1834 Brué map is one of the foundation stones of western mapping history.... It was not the first mention of Jedediah Smith on a published map, but it was the first attempt to show the route of Smith’s magnificent trek.” Rumsey lists an 1839 edition (5386) and an 1840 edition (5396). Our 1839 edition locates and names Texas, showing it in its pre-Panhandle conformation, the same as Rumsey’s 5396 but with variations in title. The border shown for Texas is the disputed Nueces River.

     Brué (1786-1832), noted French geographer and publisher, was active in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Brué held the office of Géographe du Roi and often signed his maps as such. He contributed to thousands of maps and numerous atlases. Like most cartographers many of his maps were published posthumously and were common even several decades after his death.

            Under the title Picquet has added his name as publisher (Picquet acquired all Brue’s maps from his widow). There was a second edition in 1835, and a third in 1837, and apparently several more that have not been fully studied.


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