This is an extremely rare map of Central Luzon, the Philippines, issued at the height of the Philippine-American War (1899 – 1902) by the Military Governor in the Philippines, Major General Elwell Stephen Otis and the 8th Army Engineering Corps. Drawn on a scale of 1 : 200000, this map is one the most detailed cartographic productions to emerge from the Philippine-American War. Although titled 'Southern Luzon' this map in fact covers Central Luzon, specifically the lands including and just south of Manila, surrounding the Laguna de Bay, as far as the Quezon Isthmus and Isla Verde. During the early stages of the Philippine-American War, this area was largely controlled by Philippine forces and was the most active theater. The map offers detailed topography via shading throughout, identifying roadways, towns and cities, political boundaries, telegraph lines, and more.
This map was prepared by the 8th Army Engineering Corps on the order of Major General E. S. Otis. It was printed by A. B. Graham Photo Lithography of Washington D. C. It appears to be quite scarce, with only two examples identified in the OCLC and no known market history.
Andrew B. Graham (1845 - September 9, 1909) was an American lithographer active in Washington, D.C. in late 19th and early 20th century. Graham was born in Washington D.C., the son of a lithographer and engraver. After college, he joined the U.S. Coast Survey, where he was a draftsman until 1889. He retired from the Coast Survey to take over management of his father's lithography firm. The firm, Andrew B. Graham Company, was one of several that thrived on lucrative government publication contracts. Graham died of 'brain fever' in his Washington D. C. residence on September 9 of 1909. Some of his work was republished posthumously until about 1917, and his firm was active until at least the early 1920s.
Elwell Stephen Otis (March 25, 1838 - October 21, 1909) was a United States army officer who served in the American Civil War, Indian Wars, the Philippines late in the Spanish-American War and during the Philippine-American War, where he commanded the Eighth Corps. He served following the Philippine-American War as the Military Governor General of the Philippines. While not popular in the Philippines due to his authoritarian and 'pompous' manner, he was a skilled and capable administrator. Otis was replaced in the Philippines by the more popular Douglas MacArthur in 1900. Otis died in Rochester, New York on October 21, 1909 from painful angina.
Good. Professionally flattened and laid on archival tissue. Some repaired loss, wear, and soiling along original fold lines. Even overall toning.