Auction 123, Lot 358

"Mexico, California and Texas", Tallis, John

Subject: United States & Mexico

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World

Color: Hand Color

13 x 10 inches
33 x 25.4 cm

This is the second, and most desirable, state of this fine steel engraved map that was 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. Texas is shown with its orginal state borders that include much of present-day New Mexico and extends into Colorado. 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+

Faint toning along centerfold and a couple of tissue repaired tears that enter the decorative border.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $375

Closed on 2/20/2008