Spanish North America 1817 Thomson Mexico Texas Louisiana fine large antique mapBrian DiMambro -Historical Investments
SPANISH NORTH AMERICA
Issued Edinburgh, 1814 by Thomson.
Printed by Ramsay.
First Edition [also editions of 1817 & 1826].
Large, detailed and important early 19th century folio engraved map based on the cartographic depictions of Humboldt & Pike.
With pleasing original full hand color heightened in outline.
An important and fine map of Western American interest.
Includes the large region of the southern U.S., much of which is labelled " Louisiana" and which would soon become the Republic of Texas. Covers from New Orleans across to modern day California, northward to Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Oklahoma & Colorado.
The mountainous regions around New Mexico are taken directly from Alexander Humboldt's important 1811 map " Carte General du Royaume de la Nouvelle Espagne " , which is among the earliest to delineate the Spanish southwest and Rocky Mountain region with any sense of modern accuracy. Interestingly, this map which is printed just 3 years later adds and amends many topographical details of Humboldts map east of the Rockies, including new mountainous elevations and rivers while also adding new tributaries to the Colorado river, etc.
Evidence of Pikes important 1806-07 explorations in what is today Colorado is seen for instance in the unnamed mountain (Pikes Peak in Colorado), which is here simply labelled "Highest Peak".
The Great Salt Lake and the close-by Utah Lake are both mapped with incomplete borders and a fictitious river between them. Large area below these lakes "Unknown Parts".
As the area depicted extends east much farther than Humboldts, it includes a large portion of Louisiana Territory, and also includes a relatively accurate mapping of the course of the Arkansas river, as well as many Indian tribes and their villages. Some of these Indian villages even give the number of inhabitants. Much else of interest.
One of the great early 19th century English language maps of this then still largely unexplored and unknown region of the United States.
In VG to VG+ condition. Map is clean with light to moderate offsetting which in no way detracts visually. Remaining clean and quite well-preserved overall.
Sheet measures c. 28" W x 21 1/4" H.
Engraved area measures c. 24" W x 20" H.
Folio. Original fold line as issued.
Cohen, Mapping the West , pp. 100-101.[picturing Humboldt's map reproduced from the Rumsey collection which may be viewed on-line]
Wheat, Mapping Trans-Mississippi West , 320.(interestingly, giving the height incorrectly as 10")
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. 4, p. 271