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37. Julius Hutawa. “Map of Mexico & California” (St. Louis: Julius Hutawa, 2nd Edition, n.d. [1848–1849]). Second edition with original folder. Black-and-white lithographed pocket map. 23 1/8 x 18 7/8" at neat line. Sheet: 26 x 20". Inset at u. r.: “Vicinity of Mexico” (4 5/8 x 4 3/4"). Old glue stain in bottom margin where attached to folder; a couple of marginal chips and small voids; faint damp stain along right margin. Paper labels missing from covers. Overall, excellent for this very scarce map.

Price: SOLD.

Julius F. Hutawa, a German immigrant to St. Louis, established a well-known lithography and printing business there with his brother Edward in the 1830s. They specialized in city views and traveler’s maps, of which the present map of Mexico and California seems to be an example. The map shows explorer and surveyor routes west, but presents the most detailed information in the area around Santa Fe, suggesting that perhaps it was aimed for developers and settlers in that region. Details include forts, trading posts, and locations of Indian tribes. The printing history of the map is not well understood. Hutawa originally produced a version of the map in 1847 as a supplement to the St. Louis Missouri Republican. The next year, he produced another issue with the date 1848 and the words “St. Louis” in the imprint. The map apparently was reissued again, now bearing the words “2nd Edition” below the imprint, but without the date. According to Wheat, this issue—represented by the map offered here—is “probably 1848, but perhaps 1849. The California portion is taken largely from the 1845–Frémont. Curiously enough, a map bearing the same title, but with the date 1863 added below the title, is to be found in the Huntington Library, with no alteration in the California portion. The words ‘New Mexico’ have been added in large letters. . . . No copy of the first edition . . . has been discovered.” In any case, this is a fascinating work and now quite scarce. An excellent example for collectors of the Southwest and California.

Refs.: Howell, California, 52:440; David Rumsey Collection, no . 0335A; Streeter sale, lot nos. 179–180; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, vol. III, p. 50, 562; Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Rush, 46.

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