Grand Map of Emperor Maximilian’s Mexico in 1866

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263. [MAP]. COLTON, G[eorge] W[oolworth] & C[harles] B. & Co. Nuevo mapa de Mexico. Publicado por G.W & C.B. Colton & Co.; [table at top right] Estado de la Division Estension y Poblacion a la Republica Conforme de los Ultimos Datos. New York, 1866. Lithograph map on banknote paper, on four joined sheets, Mexico in original full color and outlining, border between U.S. and Mexico in bright rose, seas in pale blue wash, lilac border. Neat line to neat line: 94.4 x 129.5 cm; overall sheet size: 95 x 132 cm. Pocket map, folded into original dark brown blind-embossed covers (20.65 x 14 cm), gilt-lettered on upper cover: Nuevo Mapa de Imperior de Mexico. Map: Backed with archival tissue to consolidate some splits (a few minor voids). Pocket covers: Spine professionally repaired. Very rare. Only two copies located by OCLC (British Library and Yale). Contemporary ownership inscription of Carlos Borsch.

     First edition. Not in Phillips. Large-scale map of Mexico during the French occupation, showing most of Texas, and done on a scale to reflect the grandeur of the French occupation. This map is among the larger large and more detailed productions of the cartography of Mexico of that era. Relief shown by hachures; locates roads, railroads, settlements, state boundaries, drainage, etc., prime meridian Mexico City, list of states, capitals, and population figures.


Sold. Hammer: $1,600.00; Price Realized: $1,960.00.

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