Rare Porfiriate Promotional of Coahuila

Vignettes of Kickapoo & Three Portraits of Statesmen with Texas Connections

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250. [MAP]. CADENA Y MARIN, Aurelio. Plano Geografico, Mercantil y Politico del Estado de Coahuila de Zaragoza. Formado y publicado con los Datos Oficiales del Estado por Aurelio Cadena y Marin...; [large Mexican eagle within title]; [below lower neat line] Lit. C. Montauriol y Ca. M; [map at center, 27 x 23.5 cm] Coahuila; [5 groups of views, clockwise from upper left] [1, three combined views] Parroquia del Saltillo; Fabrica de hilados y tejidos La Constancio”...; Ciudad de Parras de la Fuente; [2, three combined views] Fabrica de Papel...; Plaza de Sn. Francisco en Saltillo; Palacio del Gobierno y Calle de Zaragoza en Saltillo; [3, three combined views] Indios Kikapoos; Ciudad del Saltillo; Aprhension de Hidalgo en las Norias de Bajan Marzo 21 de 1811; [4] Aduana Frontériza en C. Porfirio Diaz, (Antes Piedras Negras; [5, three combined views] Fábrica de hilados y tejidos “La Estrella”...; Plaza de Tlaxcala en Saltillo; Molino del Fénix en Saltillo; [7 oval portraits of historical figures (some Tejanos) and Governor José María Garza Galán]; [14 columns of text] Geografia Estadística é Historia del Estado.... N.p., n.d. [ca. 1891-1892, based on García Galán’s governorship, and date of 1891 in text]. Lithograph on heavy paper with original color (grey, tan, and black), original light varnish; border to border: 64.5 x 95.5 cm; overall sheet size: 70.7 x 99.2 cm. A few clean marginal tears, one of which extends slightly into border on left (no losses), a few minor chips to blank margins (not affecting image or border), otherwise very fine, no cracking or discoloration from varnish. No copies located.

     First edition. Not in standard sources. The map locates ranches, haciendas, mines, railroads, and more. The promotional text emphasizes natural products, manufacturing, and mining. As might be expected, the historical text includes colonial history relating to Texas. Three of the portraits are of men famous in Texas history, or with Texas connections: Ignacio Seguín Zaragoza, Mexican general and hero of Cinco de Mayo, was born on March 24, 1829, at Bahía del Espíritu Santo, near present Goliad, Texas; José Miguel Ramos Arizpe, tireless promoter of Texas colonization and the “Father of Mexican Federalism”; and Ramón Músquiz (1797-?), Political Chief of Bexar, the highest civil official in Texas during the pivotal years from 1827 until 1834, and responsible for administration of the colonization laws relating to the early Texas empresarios (Stephen F. Austin described him as “one of the best friends of Texas”). A circular vignette at lower right illustrates a handsome family group of Kickapoo, that beleaguered tribe whose name ironically means “He moves about.” Their first contact with Europeans was with Lasalle in the late seventeenth century. Eventually, they migrated south from the Great Lakes area to Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico. The tribe survives today, dividing its time between their lands at El Nacimiento (Coahuila, Mexico), Kansas, Oklahoma, and in southern Texas near the international bridge at Piedras Negras. Regarding the lithograph firm Montaural: Mathes, Mexico on Stone, pp. 44: “The now highly-commercialized chromolithography of Debray was taken over by C. Montauriol at Lito Debray Sucesores (Portal del Coliseo Viejo 6) in 1885.”


Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $490.00.

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