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First issue of Mitchell's 1846 Map of Mexico  

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Map of Mexico, Including Yucatan & Upper California, Exhibiting the Chief Cities and Towns, the Principal Travelling Routes &c

Mitchell, Samuel Augustus


S. Augustus Mitchell



Lithograph map on thin wove paper. 44.3x64.3 cm (17½x25¼")  map within green decorative border; no outline color around Texas but it is in its Emory conformation with overreaching Panhandle; inset uncolored; Mexico and California in full color. First Edition, first issue.

The map is a simplified, adapted version of Mitchell’s 1846 New Map of Texas, Oregon and California with the Regions Adjoining. As soon as the conflict was underway, Mitchell saw that there would be a demand for maps detailing the events in the theater of war, so he quickly came out with a folding map of Mexico with Texas usually shown with a red outline in its relative position with its panhandle extending to the 42nd parallel. The map was very much a war map, with topographical information kept to a minimum, but roads, towns, political divisions, battle sites, and rivers clearly shown, all of which were updated in later iterations as the war progressed. This map covers only Taylor’s campaign.

Flags marking battlefields of the Alamo, San Jacinto, Resaca de la Palma, Palo Alto, and Monterrey. 

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Lightly creased where formerly folded; washed and mounted on modern backing; very good.

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