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25. Pierre and Alexandre Lapie. “Carte des Etats-Unis du Mexique” (Paris: Eymery, Fruger & cie, 1829–[1833]). From Atlas Universel. Double-page steel-plate engraving with fine original outline hand color; publisher’s embossed blind stamp and beautiful piano-key border. Neat line: 15 x 21 1/8" with full margins. Sheet: 25 3/4 x 20 1/8". Inset at l. l. :“Carte du Guatemala ou Provinces Unites de L’Amerique Central” (6 1/2 x 8"). A few minor scattered spots; else fine condition for this beautiful map.

Price: SOLD.

This large-format map of Mexico, its American holdings, and Central America is one of the best commercial atlas maps of the period for Texas and Upper California. The former is in its pre-Republic format, with many place names shown. The Rocky Mountains are also well detailed and incorporate information from Humboldt, Pike, and Long. The American West reflects cartography that predates Fremont and Smith’s explorations, including two Salt Lakes and the mythical rivers that connect them to the Pacific. The Lapie map was probably based upon Brué’s earlier map of the same area, and it contains similar roads, settlements, and impressive topography. The general settlement information is augmented, however, to include the abandoned French colony of “Champs d’Axile.” The present is a beautiful map with excellent detail of the United States of Mexico in the heyday of its territorial possessions, including the very early days of Texas colonization.

Ref.: Phillips, Atlases, 754.

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