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Auction 130, Lot 327

"Spanish Dominions in North America Northern Part", Pinkerton, John

Subject: United States and Mexico

Period: 1811 (dated)

Publication: Modern Atlas

Color: Hand Color

27.8 x 20 inches
70.6 x 50.8 cm
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This large, handsome map is based largely on Humboldt's map of Mexico, including the graphic representation of the Rocky Mountains and Rio Grande River valley. The map presents a remarkable, emerging picture of the major watersheds originating in the Rocky Mountains - a region long misrepresented on maps of the region. On the western slope, the headwaters of the Colorado are formed and the erroneous Sr. de S. Buenaventura flows into a partially shown Salt Lake. On the eastern part of the map the Platte, Arkansas and Red Rivers are all delineated in great detail, and the course of the R. Bravo or Del Norte (Rio Grande) is equally well presented with mountains depicted by hachures in orthographic projection. Further south, the mouth of the Gila is inaccurately placed in the Gulf of California. The map also presents early information in Texas, which is within the Intendency of S Louis. The Pres. de Bejar, Capitol of the Province of Texas is located, as is the settlement of La Salle in 1683, and the Presidio of Nacogdoch. The map is also filled with information on Indian tribes, mines, farms, missions, military posts, roads and Stations of Muleteers.

References: Phillips (A) #724-43.

Condition: A

Lovely original color and wide original margins with just a hint of toning along the centerfold.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $600

Closed on 12/2/2009