London and Edinburgh: Rogers & Johnston, 1857.
Set of 3 maps. Lithograph with hand coloring.
This rare set of 3 maps of Mexico comes from Rogers & Johnston's "Atlas of the United States." Designed to be arranged in a diagonal line showing the entire country, the maps provide ample detail about the city's geography and topography. The first map of the north-western states includes Lower California (the Baja California peninsula) and the mainland states down to the tip of Sinaloa. The second sheet of the Central states ranges from Chihuahua south to the northern border of Guerrero, showing the southern tip of Texas. The third sheet extends from San Luis Potosí down to the country's southern border with Guatemala. The maps are highly detailed with intricate topographical renderings, particularly in the mountainous southern regions. States are outlined in green and lakes are outlined in blue. The maps are derived from Rogers & Johnston's large wall-size "Map of the United States, British & Central America." They are in good condition with minor chips to the margins, not affecting the images. Alexander Keith Johnston (1804-1871) was a Scottish geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Partnered with his brother William, Johnston maintained a prolific map publishing firm throughout the 19th century. Their output ranged from globes to atlases and wall maps. In 1857, he began collaborating with the Boston-based H.D. Rogers.