[MAP--MEXICO & TEXAS] DISTURNELL, JOHN. Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Mejico.
New York: J. Disturnell, 1847. Stated "Revised Edition" (see note). Engraved map with partial hand-coloring on two joined sheets. 29 1/2 x 42 inches (75 x 107 cm). Stabilized with a tissue backing, a few folds and fold points with losses and small paper replacement, lightly toned, a very short section of the lower border with ink infill. Originally issued as a folding pocket map, the map present here is without text or binding.
Disturnell's rare and historically important map of Mexico, Texas and large portions of the United States that was used in the Treaty of Hidalgo to end the Mexican War. Complicating the matter is the fact that as many as 18 variations of the "Revised edition" of the map were printed with seven "editions" issued in 1847 alone. In Washington, the seventh edition of the 1847 "Revised edition" was appended to the American version of the Treaty while in Mexico the 12th edition of 1847 was appended. This led to some contemporary controversy and much bibliographical investigation.
Disturnell's map is derived from previous maps by H.S. Tanner (Map of the United States of Mexico, 1825-47) and White, Gallaher & White (Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Mejico, 1828). All editions retain the interesting engraved title vignette, first appearing in White, Gallaher & White's version, of an eagle of liberty rising and the names of the Mexican states printed on the leaves of a tree. The present copy matches Martin's 12th edition of the 1847 "Revised Edition," the same attached to the Mexican version of the Treaty. A main feature of the 12th edition is the addition of several towns and routes within Texas as well as the accumulated updates of each of the previous editions. Features of the 13th edition not present here are crossed sabres at Buena Vista in Coahuila with the dates of the battle there added, and similar dating of the Battle at Vera Cruz in the inset. We trace few examples of this scarce and important map dated 1847 in the auction record.
See Lawrence Martin, John Disturnell's Map of the United Mexican States, in A la Carte, pages 204-221 (provides a full accounting of "editions", i.e., states).
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