Auction 122, Lot 357

"Mexico, California and Texas", Tallis, John

Subject: United States, Texas & Mexico

Period: 1850 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 10 inches
33 x 25.4 cm

Second, and most desirable, state of this fine steel engraved map issued during a time of great transition in the region. After gold was discovered in California, the plate was re-engraved to include a vignette of gold panning and the gold regions of California were delineated through hand coloring, although the political divisions still show the region completely within Mexican control. Texas is shown to include much of present-day New Mexico with the panhandle extending to the Green Mountains. Two other vignettes show Mexican peasantry and the ancient Mayan ruins at Uxmal. The very decorative border incorporates native plants of the region. Map drawn and engraved by John Rapkin, vignettes drawn by H. Warren and engraved by J. Rogers.

References: Wheat (TMW) #694.

Condition: B

Toning along centerfold.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/5/2007