Large, Colorful Promotional Map of Yucatán Printed in Paris

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339. [MAP]. MONROCQ FRÈRES. Mapa de la Península de Yucatan Comprendiendo los estados de Yucatan y Campeche y Territorio Quintana-Roo 1907 Nueva Edicion Cervera [lower right below neat line] Imp. Monrocq, 3, Rue Suger, Paris. Paris: Cervera, 1907. Large photolithograph map surrounded by portraits of President Porfirio Díaz and Minister of Development Olegario Molina (former Governor of Yucatán), seal of Mexico, and 12 vignettes all printed after photographs by Guerra or Canton (architecture, archaeological ruins, and local scenes), map with outline color, portraits in black and white, vignettes in sepia tone; overall sheet size: 100 x 130 cm. Creased where formerly folded, a few short fold splits (one minor loss), a few small light stains in left and right blank margins, overall very good with fresh color. OCLC, Antochiw, and other standard sources do not locate or list this map.

     This charming map illustrated with photolithograph vignettes is yet another example of the type of progress that was to be shown under Porfirio Díaz’s administration. Why it was printed in Paris is unknown. However, the firm of Monrocq was known for its photolithographs, including a 1908 print of dueling aviators Wilbur Wright and Alberto Santos-Dumont. The Monrocq firm was a pioneer in photolithography, with prints as early as 1850.


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

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