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Aaron Arrowsmith:  A New Map of Mexico and Adjacent Provinces Compiled from Original Documents. By A Arrowsmith. 1810. [Northwestern Sheet]

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Title: A New Map of Mexico and Adjacent Provinces Compiled from Original Documents. By A Arrowsmith. 1810. [Northwestern Sheet]

Map Maker: Aaron Arrowsmith

Place / Date: London / 1810

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 31 x 25.5 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $1,900.00

Inventory ID: 50865


Description:

Nice example of the Northwestern sheet from Arrowsmith's seminal map of Mexico, covering California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and parts of Colorado, Baja California and Sonora.

The map includes Lake Timanagos in Utah (Salt Lake), partial depictions of the rivers flowing east from San Francisco and Monterey,  and the tracks of Vancouver's voyage in 1792.

The Califonria Missions are noted, with the rivers flowing westward from the Rocky Mountains well illustrated for the period.

Arrowsmith's map was the first to report the discoveries of Pike and Humboldt, having been issued prior to the official accounts of these two explorers. While the map draws from the work of Humboldt extensively (and Humboldt accused Arrowsmith of plagerism), the map shows substantial improvements over the Humboldt map in several areas. Arrowsmith drew on Vancouver's charts for his treatment of the California Coastline, Pike's accounts for the mapping of Texas and the Brazos and Guadalupe River regions and other rivers explored by Pike, and Humboldt's treatment of the Rocky Mountain regions and the Gulf Coast.

Arrowsmith's map of Mexico has widely gained acceptance as the most influential of all regional maps from this time period, a landmark in the Cartographic History of Texas and the Southwest, and a cornerstone map in American Cartographic History.


References: Streeter 1046. Taliaferro 202: Wheat, Transmississippi West 295 & pp. 27-28. Martin & Martin 25.


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