Frederick Starr’s Copy of a Rare Colima Pocket Map & Broadside

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326. [MAP]. MATUTE [Y CAÑEDO], Juan I[gnacio]. Map, statistical broadside, and plans, folded into pocket folder (8.3 x 12.5 cm), ivory linen over blue and brown marbled boards, contemporary hand-lettered paper label on spine. The three elements of this artifact are:

[1]  Plano geografico del Estado de Colima. Formado por Juan I. Matute; [upper center above neat line] Cuadro Geográfico Estadístico del estado del Colima No. 1;[lower center below neat line] Guadalaja. Calle del Carmen No. 17. Imp. Litog. de Gomez Delgadillo y Ca. Guadalajara, n.d. [ca. 1862?]. Lithograph map with original outline coloring. Neat line to neat line: 36.6 x 58.0 cm; overall sheet size: 48 x 66.1 cm. Excellent.

[2]  Double folio printed broadside by Matute: containing printed statistics, entitled: Cuadro geografico estadístico, Num 2. Cuadro Geografico Estadístico del Estado de Colima. Letterpress statistical table covering all aspects of Colima at the time. 100 x 71.3 cm. Guadalajara: Establacimiento Tipográfico de Dionisio Rodriguez, Segun da Calle de Catedral núm. 10., 1862. One clean split at one fold and a few other splits reinforced on verso, else fine.

[3]  Lithographed plans, entitled: Plano geográfico estadistico del Estado de Colima No. 3;[center below neat line]: Guadalaja. Calle del Cármen No. 17. Imp. Litog. de Gómez Delgadillo y Ca. Uncolored lithograph, neat line to neat line: 36.5 x 58.0 cm; overal sheet size: 48.2 x 66.5 cm. 7 sections entitled as follows: Perfil del camino del Manzanillo a Guadalajara; Esclusas; Canal de Cuyutlan; Nivelación del río de la Armería a la laguna; Nivelación entre la Bahía del Manzanilo y la laguna; Ciudad proyectada con sus diques en el punto de Mac-Alpin; Ciudad de Colima; Plano del camino de Guadalajara a Colima. fine.

Overall a fine copy with light outer wear to pocket folder. With engraved bookplate of Frederick Starr and contemporary binding ticket of Nicolas Banda. Rare (only copy located by OCLC is at the Berlin State Library).

     First edition. Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, El Territorio de Mexicano, Vol. II, p. 113 (map illustrated, hypothesizing date of ca. 1867). Mathes, Mexico on Stone, p. 13 mentions lithographer Dionisio Rodríguez. The work is dedicated to Alexander von Humboldt.

      Colima, is located in the middle of Mexico’s Pacific coast, bordered by the states of Jalisco and Michoacán along with the Pacific Ocean. Colima’s territory also includes the Revillagigedo Islands. Indigenous, Spanish, African, and Philippine culture shaped the state, along with modern local traditions. In 1824, with Mexico’s first constitution, Colima was an independent territory of Mexico, but was integrated with Michoacán in 1837. In 1846, Colima became a separate territory again, and in 1856, was made a state, being reaffirmed by the 1857 Mexican Constitution. Colima served as a provisional seat for the Juárez Liberal government in 1858. In 1861 the Revillagigedo Islands were added to Colima’s Territory, and in 1865 Colima became a department. Finally in 1867 Republican troops under Ramón Corona retook the city. The area is noted for its complex of volcanoes.


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