'SPANISH DOMINIONS IN NORTH AMERICA NORTHERN PART' by J. Pinkerton c.1811 / 1815
An attractive and detailed early 19th century (large) folio map of the then Spanish Dominions of North America (modern day Northern Mexico and the southern U.S.A. including California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico) which was engraved by Samuel Neele and published in John Pinkerton's Modern Atlas* (London: Cadell & Davies, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1814/1815).
This splendid, superbly engraved and rare map, based on Alexander Humboldt's landmark survey of 1803 / 1804, is generally considered to be one of the finest ones produced of Mexico in this period. The level of detail was extraordinary especially in regards the Californian coastline, New Mexico, Texas and the country south of the River Platte. Further significance is added to the fact that it was published at the time of the Mexican War of Independence (1810-1821) thus making it an important historical as well as cartographic document.
*John Pinkerton (1758-1826) was an eminent Scottish antiquarian and cartographer. Along with illustrious names such as John Thomson & co. and John Cary, he redefined cartography and helped establish Britain as the world leader in map making during the early 19th century. Whereas 18th century maps had had an ornamental charm, Pinkerton's were based on a scientific rationale that demanded detail, quality and accuracy. His most noted work was his 'Modern Atlas' which was published from 1808 to 1815 with an additional American version by Dobson & co. in 1818.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with fine original hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 69.9cms by 51.9cms (including title & imprint).
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins; centrefold, as issued. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 200 years old.