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Auction 198, Lot 268

"[Map in Book] Linguistic Map of Mexico and Central America [in] Indian Languages of Mexico and Central America and Their Geographical Distribution", U.S. Bureau of Ethnology

Subject: Mexico & Central America

Period: 1911 (published)


Color: Printed Color

24 x 17.6 inches
61 x 44.7 cm
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This colorful thematic map by Cyrus Thomas presents the numerous linguistic families in present-day Mexico and Central America. The work behind this map began in 1895, a few years after John Wesley Powell's Map of Linguistic Stocks of American Indians Chiefly within the Present Limits of the United States, but Powell's death and shifting departmental priorities delayed its publication. A color-coded legend at left identifies 30 different native groups using both color and texture, with the Tamulipecan and Mayan groups covering the largest land area. In addition to linguistics, the map shows political boundaries, some cities, and the river systems. The map is bound into the back of Thomas' 108-page report. Hardbound in beige buckram.


Condition: A

Folding map is clean and bright. Text has pleasant light toning, and the covers have some minor soiling.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/19/2024