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Beautifully Framed 1814 Map Of Mexico - $495 (nyack)

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Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1814. 17 5/8 x 15 5/8. Engraving. Original outline color. VG+ condition.

Matthew Carey's double-page engraved map of Mexico includes Texas and New Mexico, and it is among the first regional maps of the Southwest and Mexico to be published in an American atlas.

Published in the midst of Mexico's War of Independence (1809-1821), the map appears at a fascinating time in Mexico's history. Of note is that fast portion of Northern Texas which is left blank, extending nearly to the Rio Grande River. This is almost certainly a direct result of the then raging political question over whether the United States had acquired Texas as part of the Louisiana Purchase, in addition to the paucity of information available to mapmakers for a region which is here so conspicuously blank.

Carey's map reflects the information from Alexander von Humboldt's seminal map of Mexico but pre-dates Pike's explorations. The map extends north to show Lake Timpanogos and covers most of Colorado and New Mexico, as well as providing details in Texas, including the naming of Bejax, Cibola, Provincia, S Josef, Nuestra Sra del Rosario, Galveston Bay, and the name Texas itself. The detail along the Rio Grande and in Southern Arizona is also excellent.

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