Mexique par Th. Duvotenay.
1852 (undated) 12.5 x 9 in (31.75 x 22.86 cm)
An uncommon and extremely attractive 1852 map of the Mexico by Th. Dovotenay. Includes all of modern day Mexico as well as Texas and the territories (Upper California) claimed by Mexico prior to the 1849 Treaty of Guadaloupe-Hildago. Shows the Mexico – U.S. Boundary line prior to the Gadsden Purchase. Offers a number of fascinating elements including pre-Fremont cartography in Upper California. The fictional rivers Jesus Maria and Wimmetchke are shown extending eastward from San Francisco Bay. Labels the Great Salt Lake as Lake Teguayo after José Antonio de Alzate y Ramírez. Lake Teguayo is said by some to be the legendary homeland of the Aztecs. To the north of Lake Teguayo, today's Lake Utah is labeled Lake Timpanogos. Texas appears at its fullest extent. Mexico itself is divided into its various intendancies. An inset in the lower left quadrant focuses on Guatemala. Features a beautiful frame style border. Prepared by Th. Duvotenay for publication as plate no. 31 in Maison Basset's 1852 edition of the Atlas Illustre.
Thunot Duvotenay (1796 - 1875) was a French geographer active in the mid 19th century. Thunot is known to have worked with several other important cartographers of his dayincluding Barbie du Bocage, Vuillemin, Charle, Levassseur and Dufour.
The Maison Basset (fl. 1830 - 1860) was a French publishing concern active through the mid to late 19th century. From their offices at 33 Rue de Seine, Paris, France, Maison Basset published the works of such prominent French cartographers and engravers as Barbie du Bocage, A. Vuillemin, J. B. Charle, V. Levasseur, Tu. Duvotenay, H. Dufor, F. E. George, and others. Their library of publications is diverse and vast, but heavily focused on medical and scientific texts, including several important atlases.
Maison Basset, Atlas Illustre, (1852 issue).
Very good condition. Some marginal foxing, else clean. Blank on verso.