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47. John Arrowsmith. “Mexico” (London: J. Arrowsmith, 1858). Third state. Copperplate engraving with fine, bright original outline hand color. 18 1/2 x 23 1/2" at neat line. Sheet: 21 1/2 x 26 1/2". Excellent.

Price: SOLD.

John Arrowsmith, the nephew of Aaron, first created this excellent map of Mexico and the southwestern United States in 1834. According to Taliaferro, it is “one of the first European maps to use Austin’s Map of Texas as a source.” Arrowsmith reissued Mexico several times with updated information. The present example, dated 1858, now shows Texas and California as part of the United States, but Texas retains the pre-Compromise of 1850 boundary, the northern tip of which extends into present-day Wyoming. The Mexican states are highlighted in bright colors, and details include towns, roads, rivers, swamps, lakes, and other topographical features. The inset of central Mexico features the ports of Acapulco, Vera Cruz, and Tampico. A beautifully engraved nineteenth-century map of Mexico and the Southwest.

Refs.: Phillips, Atlases, 764; Taliaferro, Cartographic Sources, no. 238.

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