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    [Map]. Alexander von Humboldt. Carte du Mexique et des Pays Limitrophes Situes au Nord et a l'Est Dressee d'apres la Grande Carte de la Nouvelle Espagne. Paris: F. Schoell, 1811. Drawn by Jean Baptiste Poirson and engraved by Barriere. Measuring 28.75" x 17.5", this lovely map of Mexico is one of von Humboldt's earlier maps. Uncolored. Includes the location of the presidios of "Bejar" and "la Bahia" in the area Province of Texas. Also featured are the Southern and Western United States as well as several islands of the Caribbean. Stamp "Koenigl. Kartograph. Institut. Berlin." and two others at bottom right. Detached along both horizontal and vertical folds. Silked on the verso, repairing the folds and one small hole in the title. Several spots of foxing scattered throughout. German text, in black ink, off the coast of Florida with the name "Commodore Porter/1823." Red ink underlining the names Pensacola and New Orleans.

    Humboldt compiled the geographical data for this map in 1804 while living in Mexico City. Both Arrowsmith and Pike based their maps of Mexico on Humboldt's. Streeter: "There seems to be no doubt that Pike copied the Mexican portions of the Humboldt map, but in the Texas portion...Pike's representation of the rivers is a considerable improvement...while that of the Texas coast line is greatly inferior...Arrowsmith probably did copy from the Mexican portion of the Humboldt map, the Texas portion is a considerable improvement. This is especially so in the treatment of the Brazos and Guadalupe rivers, and in the correct showing of the San Antonio as flowing into the Guadalupe."

    Reference: Streeter Texas 1042n. Wheat 275.


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