Mitchell, S[amuel] Augustus. Map of Mexico, including Yucatan & Upper California, Exhibiting the Chief Cities and Towns, the Principal Travelling Routes &c. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1847. First edition, thus. Folding lithographed map, 60 x 82 cm (23.6 x 32.2 in.), folded into pocket-case measuring 14 x 9 cm (5.5 x 3.55 in). Compiled by Geo. Stealey, Civil Engineer.

    Lithograph map within decorative border on bank note paper, original hand-coloring with bright rose outline coloring around Texas in its Emory conformation with greatly extended Panhandle, border yellow, pink shading to battle plan at top, Mexico in full color. Neat line to neat line: 82.5 x 60 cm. Folded into pocket covers (13.5 x 8.2 cm), original dark green roan, elaborate blind embossed on both covers, lettering in gilt on upper cover: MEXICO, printed leaf affixed to verso of upper cover: Extent and Population of Mexico. Minor losses along some folds which have been skillfully repaired, some minor spotting and light browning, minor rubbing to folder, but overall a fine copy with excellent color retention. With later pencil and ink stamp on printed leaf stating: "If lost, return to Donald Graff" (the last two words in ink stamp).

    Mitchell's great map of the Mexican War in its final and most complete state, divided into three parts, of which the first part is a general map of the state of Texas (in the Emory version, not with present-day boundaries), New Mexico (much reduced) and territory of California (comprising present day California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and much of New Mexico), with the entirety of Mexico, making up a little more than half of the sheet. All hand-colored. Included in this portion is an inset of the "Battlefield of Monterey." A second part is entitled "Map of the Principal Roads from Vera Cruz and Alvarado to the City of Mexico, including the Valley of Mexico, Mountains, Plains, Volcanoes, Lakes etc." and shows the route of the invading US army to the capitol: this section was done by cartographer George Stealey, who did other maps of his own of Mexican War interest. The third part is a "Profile of the Road between Mexico and Vera Cruz," which was also probably done by Stealey.

    NOTE: The second and third parts of the map were not included in the 1846 version of this map (for the reason that they had not yet occurred), which had only part one, and was reprinted in 1847, and so would qualify as the second state of the map. Shortly thereafter, again in 1847, Mitchell issued this version of the map, which is in every way superior to the other two, as it shows many more towns, battlefields (including the Alamo and San Jacinto), Mayan ruins, etc., and has added to it the 2nd & 3rd parts above-mentioned. (Streeter vi: 3868 & 3869: Streeter's copy was the same issue as this, but in not as good condition.) Later use was made of the map in determining the boundaries between Mexico and the US. It was, as noted above, printed on bank-note paper, with the result that, though thin, it is remarkably strong.

    This copy has some quite minor foxing, and a small area (1/4 inch) of one of the folds which had worn through, but which has now been expertly repaired: old tape has been likewise expertly removed from one fold in the back -- virtually unnoticeable. With well-preserved pocket-case, bearing title MEXICO stamped in gold on cover. A very nice copy of this rare map.

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