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An Important Early War Map

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[MAP]. THOMAS, COWPERTHWAIT & CO., (publisher). Map of Mexico including Yucatan. [Lower left below neat line]: Entered According to Act of Congress, in the Year 1846, by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. [Inset map at upper right]: Fields of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. See Description Page 73. [Inset map at lower left]: Valley of Mexico including the Federal District. See Description p. 57. Neat line to neat line: 19.7 x 26.5 cm; overall sheet size: 21.5 x 27.5 cm. Original full hand coloring of Mexico and outline coloring of insets. Light overall browning, small fold split at left margin, reattached. Otherwise, fine. ​

In (as issued): Description of the Republic of Mexico, Including its Personal and Moral Features, Geography, Agriculture, Products, Manufactures, etc. Illustrated by a Map, in which Is Included Smaller Maps of the Valley of Mexico, and the Fields of Palo Alto, and Resaca de la Palma. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1846. [i-iii]-iv, 3-83 [1, blank] pp., engraved text illustrations (views, mining, natural history, social life). 16mo (13.5 x 8.3 cm), original dark brown embossed roan with gilt lettering on label on upper cover: Mexico and Yucatan. With purple ink stamp on title of lecturer and historian S.J. Sedgwick. An exceptionally desirable copy of a rare guide.

First edition of an exceedingly rare map and guide to Mexico. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources. Issued after the fall of Matamoros; the inset map shows the American camp to the southwest of the city.

Published in the first flush of war and the two battles fought on Texas soil, both of which are illustrated with an inset and discussed in the text, which is otherwise a general description of Mexico illustrated heavily with woodcuts and text taken from all over, a lot of the latter critical of the country. An important precursor to the more elaborate maps and descriptions that would come later as the war progressed. A fine copy. 


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