Mexico, California, and Texas. The map drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin. , 1851
Scope and Contents
This cartographic collection was the gift of the estate of the late Midland oilman, George T. Abell. Mr Abell was interested travel, geography, the geology of the petroleum industry, and the history of the Southwest and the maps reflect these as well as other subjects. The collection contains over a hundred maps which range in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Notably, the collection also contains a 1573 copy of Abraham Ortelius's Theatrvm orbis terrarvm, considered by some as the first modern atlas of the world. The collection includes maps of the world, the British Isles, Pacific Ocean, North and South America, The Western Hemisphere, and the United States.
- Creation: 1851
- Tallis, John, 1817-1876 (Person)
From the Collection: 115 Sheets
Language of Materials
Materials Specific Details
Colorful border of vines with fruits and flowers surrounds the map. In corners are colorful scenes titled: "Gold Washing," "Mexican Peasantry," and "Ruins at Uxmal, Yucatan." Texas appears as part of the United States, with borders as they were when it was a republic. Everything west of Texas is labeled "New or Upper California," and is largely uncharted, but Indian tribal areas are named.
21.8 x 29.7 cm