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17. John Pinkerton. “Spanish Dominions in North America. Northern Part,” (London: Cadell & Davies [Strand], & Longman Hurst Rees Orme & Brown [Paternoster Row], Nov. 11, 1811). First edition. Published in Pinkerton’s Modern Atlas. Double-page copperplate engraving with bright original outline hand color. 19 3/4 x 27 3/4" at neat line. Sheet size: 22 1/4 x 32 3/8", full sheet. A few expertly repaired splits at margins, old ink spots at top. Overall, excellent condition.

Price: SOLD.

This large-scale and richly detailed map shows Spanish holdings west of New Orleans from north of 22 degrees latitude to just north of the Great Salt Lake. Scottish geographer John Pinkerton based his map on Humboldt’s of the year before, but enlarged it while narrowing its focus. The differences between the two maps are noteworthy, especially the fact that Pinkerton’s version seems to have been conceived as a veritable frontier map, with travel and settlement tips and geographical information. The map includes an extensive key to cartographic signs representing capital cities, inferior towns, villages, provincial councils of mines, royal mines, farms, stations of muleteers, and garrisons of military posts. This wealth of specifics, in addition to a very clear delineation of the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo or del Norte), provides an especially abundant portrait of New Mexico. This is a superb example of this beautiful map highlighting the Spanish Colonial boundaries of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico and the settlement history of the Louisiana Territory and the Gulf of Mexico.

Ref.: Phillips, Atlases, 724; Wheat, Transmissippi West, p. 15, no. 311.

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