Catalog Archive
Auction 118, Lot 438

"Map of Central America Shewing the Different Lines of Atlantic & Pacific Communication", Wyld, James

Subject: Central America

Period: 1850 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

32 x 22.8 inches
81.3 x 57.9 cm

This handsome map of Central America illustrates the various proposed routes for a land transit that would cut weeks off a journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The map shows four possible routes: Across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec; from Port Sn. Juan del Norte to Port Realejo; between Charges (Atlantic) and Vaca de Monte (Pacific); and from the Lake Nicaragua to Port San Juna del Sur. A large and very colorful inset shows the geological formations on the Isthmus of Panama and the planned route in great detail. This chart gained particular prominence with the discovery of gold in California and was copied in a U.S. government report, also published in 1850.

References: Kapp (CA) #191; Kapp (Panama) #114.

Condition: B

Close trimmed at top, as issued. Couple of minor repaired tears entering border and short fold separations both top and bottom. Bottom left corner with paper restoration and a bit of neatline in facsimile.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $375

Closed on 3/6/2007