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Auction 125, Lot 330

"A New & Accurate Map of Mexico or New Spain together with California New Mexico &c, Drawn from the best Modern Maps & Charts…", Bowen, Emanuel

Subject: Southern United States, Mexico and Central America

Period: 1747 (circa)


Color: Black & White

16.5 x 13.8 inches
41.9 x 35.1 cm

A nicely engraved map covering the region from Carolina to California, as well as all of Mexico, Central America, Cuba and Jamaica. A descriptive legend in southern California gives credit to Father Kino for discovering that California is a peninsula rather than an island. There are a number of settlements along the Rio Grande as well as Cenis Fort and several settlements in Texas. Inset at the lower left has a great little map of the Galapagos Islands, including some interesting notes on their discovery in 1684 and the origin of the name. The title cartouche features a vignette of a man subduing a pair of natives.

References: Wheat (TMW) #126.

Condition: B+

This near fine example has full margins and a nice impression. A couple very thin printer's creases, one next to the lower centerfold and a short one in the Pacific.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/24/2008