Texas California 1862 Brue wall map Territorial American West Mexico OregonBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Rare and historically significant mid-19th century map of the American southwest including all of Texas and California as well as Oregon and Utah Territories.
Nouvelle Carte du Mexique du Texas et d'Une Partie des Etats Limitrophes...
Issued 1862 by Brue, augmented by Vuillemin. (Map of Mexico, Texas..).
Engraved, original hand color, printed on heavy paper stock.
Huge map has been thoughtlessly trimmed down long ago, removing the bottom 10" which included two insets (Yucatan and Mexico City environs) and some of the blank margins.
The entire North America and Mexico printed area remains complete as issued, blank margins around piano key border apparently thoughtlessly trimmed to facilitate folding. Still an oversized large format map as it survives, a noble fragment of a desirable and rare map.
A map of some rarity. Numerous earlier editions prior to 1845 are noted within AMPR, although all are scarce and moderately valuable, with prices well into the multiple thousands for the handful of different issues that appear.
There is no AMPR recording of this 1862 issue. It appears to be the same earlier plate, here amended with an assortment of political boundary changes.
California is now shown with it's separate state outline, as is Texas. Oregon, New Mexico and Utah border configurations are territorial and only briefly transitional in this shared manner.
Pre-Gadsden purchase border with Mexico in Southwest although it had been signed eight years prior.
Notations within Texas refer to great herds of buffalo and specific Indian tribes. The only finished railroad routes in this state is shown connecting Houston to Washington and a fort on the Brazos river [Houston and Texas Central Railway Company]. A second "proposed" Texas railroad line is shown in the northeast corner of the state to the border with Indian Territory. By this date there were still under 470 completed miles of track within the state.
Historically significant map for capturing Jedidiah Smith's 1826-7 travels and track in the region. The mountain ranges shown in the Great Basin worth noting, an interesting Indian Territorial division.
Defects noted above, one fold line intersection with short splitting but no apparent loss of printed area.
Map has been affixed long ago to back of next much smaller folded map:
Sheet measures c. 27" x 24 3/4".
Printed area measures c. 27" x 24 1/4".
Issued in Paris by A. H. Dufour. Engraved by Erhard.
(Central America- Guatemala- Honduras- San Salvador- Nicaragua- Costa Rica).
Sheet measures c. 11 1/4" x 15 1/8".
Printed area measures c. 9 5/8" x 12 1/2".
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, v. 1.
Wheat, Mapping of Transmississippi West, 404 (seminal 1834 edition).