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Auction 183, Lot 250

"Carte des Etats-Unis du Mexique", Lapie, Alexander Emile & Pierre

Subject: Southwestern United States, Mexico & Central America

Period: 1829 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15.6 x 21.3 inches
39.6 x 54.1 cm
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This attractive French map shows the Southwestern United States through Mexico to the Yucatan, with an inset of Central America at bottom left. Texas is named but is depicted as the Mexican province of Potosi. The Rocky Mountains are well delineated by hachure and incorporate information from Humboldt, Pike, and Long. The American West reflects cartography that predates Fremont and Smith’s explorations, including two Salt Lakes (Timpanogos and Teguayo) and the mythical rivers that connect them to the Pacific. The Lapie map was probably based upon Brue’s earlier map of the same area, and it contains similar roads, settlements, and topography. Engraved by Lallemand.


Condition: B+

Contemporary outline color on a sheet with light scattered foxing that is more prominent in the margins. There are short centerfold separations confined to the side margins.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/9/2021