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Auction 168, Lot 312

"A New & Accurate Map of Mexico or New Spain Together with California New Mexico &c. Drawn from the Best Modern Maps & Charts & Regulated by Astronl. Observns.", Bowen, Emanuel

Subject: Southern United States, Mexico & Central America

Period: 1747 (circa)

Publication: A Complete System of Geography

Color: Black & White

16.6 x 13.8 inches
42.2 x 35.1 cm

This nicely engraved map covers the region from California to South Carolina, 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: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.BOW-2a #57; Wheat (TMW) #126.

Condition: A

A dark impression, issued folding with light printer's ink residue and a stain in the right blank margin. This map was deaccessioned from the Sondley Library, whose blind stamp is visible on verso.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $275

Closed on 6/6/2018