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23. Adrien Hubert Brué. “Carte Générale des Etats-Unis Mexicains et des Provinces-Unies de l’Amérique Centrale” (Paris: Chez Charles Picquet, 1825 ). Published in Atlas Universel. Double-page steelplate engraving with fine original outline hand color. 20 1/2 x 14 1/4" at neat line. Sheet: 21 1/4 x 15 1/2". Inset of Central America at l. l. Handsome piano key border and publisher’s embossed seal of authenticity overlays Brué’s monogram of entwined AB with the note, “Propriété Acquise en 1835.” Fine.
The European map trade in the 1820s had taken an enormous interest in the Texas area and had begun to supply maps of Texas to the French, German, and English markets. This elegantly designed and detailed French map of the region shows Texas by name but identified as part of Mexico. Colored outlines delineate the areas from Guatemala north to the Sioux territory, which is probably around Iowa, as Council Bluff appears toward the north border. Carefully engraved mountain ranges make this map especially interesting topographically. Charles Picquet acquired all of Brué’s maps from his widow in 1835 and reissued them with updated information. The present map dates from 1835 but displays few, if any, changes from Brué’s original map of 1825. As was typical of most maps of the 1830s and 40s, Jebediah Smith’s discoveries in the West are not incorporated, e.g., the map still shows three rivers feeding two Great Salt Lakes in Utah. Nonetheless, the detail is excellent, especially for early Texas. French maps of this period have a reputation for elegance, and this is a nice bright example of one of the most beautiful maps of its type and one of the best large-format maps of the region.
Refs.: Phillips, Atlases, 758; Wheat, vol. II, no. 361.