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32. John Arrowsmith. “Mexico” (London: J. Arrowsmith, 15 Feb. 1842). Second state. Copperplate engraving with fine, bright original outline hand color. 18 1/2 x 23 3/4" at neat line. Sheet: 21 3/4 x 26 3/4". Inset at l. l. features central Mexico on a larger scale. Slight transference, else excellent.
John Arrowsmith, the nephew of Aaron, originally created this excellent map of Mexico and the southwestern United States in 1834. According to Taliaferro, it is “one of the first European maps to use Austin’s Map of Texas as a source.” Arrowsmith reissued Mexico several times with updated information. The present example, dated 1842, was published before the end of the Mexican-American War as it shows an independent Texas and a California that is still part of Mexico. The Mexican states are highlighted in bright colors, and details include towns, roads, rivers, swamps, lakes, and other topographical features. The inset of central Mexico features the ports of Acapulco, Vera Cruz, and Tampico. A beautifully engraved nineteenth-century map of Mexico and the Southwest.
Refs.: Phillips, Atlases, 764; Taliaferro, Cartographic Sources, no. 238.