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San Salvador
Jacques N. Bellin. "Grundriss der Stadt St. Salvador. Haupt-stadt in Brasilien." From Allgemeine Historie Der Reisen Zu Wasser Und Zu Land…. Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1758. 7 1/2 x 11 3/4. Engraving. Very good condition.

A detailed map of San Salvador by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, the Hydrographer to the King of France, from a German edition of Prevost's Voyages. From about 1650 to 1750, the French dominated the cartographic world, with their fine, scientifically based maps, elegantly engraved and precisely detailed. Bellin (1703-72) was one of the best in the later period. His map of the capital of El Salvador shows very precise detail of the city, with the main features identified through a numbered and a lettered key. An added feature is the view of the city as seen from the bay, engraved along the top. $175

Thomas Kitchin. "Carta del Golfo del Messico dell' Isole e Paesi adjacenti." From Storia d. America. Italy, 1777-1780? 12 1/4 x 18 3/4. Engraving. Folds, as issued, and some creasing near folds. Otherwise, excellent condition. DR

A map from William Robertson's popular History of America, one of the first scholarly histories written of the western hemisphere. Once the first edition appeared in 1777, it was almost immediately translated into numerous other languages, including Italian. This map comes from one of the early Italian editions. There is good detail throughout, including many settlements and political divisions. A note on the Texas coast indicates the spot that LaSalle landed on his ill-fated voyage with the legend, "Qui il Sig. de la Sale si stabili nel 1685." $625

Bonne: Central America
Rigobert Bonne. "Partie Méridionale, de l'Ancien Méxique ou de la Nouvle Espagne." Paris, ca. 1780. 9 1/2 x 13 3/4 (platemarks) plus full margins. No. 27 from an atlas. Engraving by Andre. Very good condition.

Rigobert Bonne (1727-95) was the Royal Hydrographer of France, so his primary interest was in marine charts. However, with his Royal connections and access to the cartographic documents in Paris, Bonne was able to compile maps containing some of the most up-to-date information of his time. This map is a good example of his work, including precisely drawn coastal profiles and details, and considerable inland information on orography, rivers, towns, and political boundaries. $125

Daniel Lizars. "Mexico & Guatimala." Edinburgh: D. Lizars, ca. 1826. 15 7/9 x 19 1/2. Engraving. Original hand color. A few light spots in margins. Else, fine condition.

A brightly colored map of Mexico and Central America by Daniel Lizars. New California is named in the top left, but little information is shown, while New Mexico is clearly indicated along the Rio Grande. The border between the United States and Mexico follows the Red River and then the coloring makes it dip down to follow the Rio Grande in what is today western Texas. There is a dotted line running north from the Red River, following the border as agreed with Spain in the Adam-Onís Treaty of 1819. As another edition of this map shows the region west of this line as belonging to Mexico, this might simply have been a mistake by the colorist. Detail includes topography, rivers, towns, intendencias, and a few roads, including one through present-day Texas to Nacogdoches. The only other settlements in Texas shown are San Antonio and Loredo. $975

SDUK Central America
"Central America." London: SDUK, 1842. 12 1/4 x 15 1/2. Engraving by J. & C. Walker. Original outline hand coloring. Full margins. Very good condition.

An early map of Central America by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. Here they have produced a fine map of southern Mexico and the nations of Central America. Coastal information abounds with fine detail. $125

Colton Central America
J.H. Colton. "Central America." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1855. 12 x 15. Lithograph. Original hand color. Small chips in extreme margins. Else, very good condition.

A lovely map of Central America, from Panama to the Yucatan, issued around mid-century by the Colton cartographic firm of New York. At the time this map was produced, the British were the dominating external force in the region. However, with the Gold Rush in 1849 came American interest in trade routes through the area.. An American by the name of William Walker, gained control of Nicaragua. His power was over extended resulting in political and military cooperation between the remaining Central American countries. Walker was ousted in less than five years. Five insets are also included: Aspinwall City, Panama City, the "Nicaragua Route," Harbor of San Juan de Nicaragua, and the Isthmus of Panama. $150

Desilver Central America 1856
J.L. Hazzard. "A New Map of Central America." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 12 3/4 x 15 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With decorative border.

Charles Desilver, one of the many publishers working in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century, issued an atlas of maps based on the famous Tanner-Mitchell-Cowperthwait series. Desilver used much the same information as originally drawn in the 1840s, but updated the maps with new roads, towns, and other information. This map is typical of the rather unusual and scarce Desilver atlas. Insets showing a "map of the communication by railroad across the Isthmus of Darien from Aspinwall to Panama" and "The Isthmus of Tehuantepec Showing the Proposed Route from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean." An attractive and fascinating document of Central America. $150

A.J. Johnson. "Johnson's Mexico, Johnson's Central America." New York: A.J. Johnson, 1867. 24 1/8 x 15 5/8. Double folio. Lithograph. Original hand color. Minor chipping in lower left and upper left corners. Otherwise, very good condition.

Another map by Johnson. The Central American map is the same as mentioned above, however an additional map of Mexico is included along with an insert of the Territory and Isthmus of Tehuantepec. $75

"Mexico, Central America & West Indies." with inset of "Panama Railway." From Black's General Atlas of the World. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1879. 10 1/2 x 15 3/4. Although noted "engraved and colored" by J[ohn] Bartholomew, it is lithographed in colors.

One from a series of precisely detailed maps of the world from one of the leading British mapmaking firms of the nineteenth century. Adam and Charles Black issued atlases from the 1840s through the 80s, keeping their maps as current as possible. This handsome map is a splendid example of their output. $45


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