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24. Sidney Hall. “Mexico and Guatimala [sic]” (London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, [Paternoster Row], 1828). Published in A New General Atlas, 1830. Double-page copperplate engraving with fine bright original outline hand color. Attractive piano key border. 16 x 20" at neat line. Sheet: 19 x 23 3/4" with ample margins. Minor chipping at right margin. Overall fine.

Price: SOLD.

This handsome and beautifully engraved map by the British cartographer Sidney Hall is a superb and up-to-date 1828 rendering of Mexico, Central America, and most of Panama. Hall makes good use of Stephen Long’s maps of the Rockies from the 1820 expedition, “having Long’s Lewis River rising just under ‘Bighorn or Long’s Peak,’” notes Wheat, “with ‘James Peak or Sierra Almagro’ to the south, and farther west the mythical rivers in all their glory.” Texas is named and is, of course, still part of Mexico as is “Upper or New California.” “New Mexico” is a tiny north-south sliver encompassing the Rio Grande Valley, to the west of which is denoted as only “Desert.” An impressive depiction of Spanish North America before its demise.

Refs.: Phillips, Atlases, 756; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, vol. II, p. 95, no. 381.

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