[New York: 1831]. pp. on a bifolium. Yellow paper. Old folds, minor wear and soiling. Very good. Item #2467
Prospectus for a large map of Mexico which was never published. The present work -- printed in Spanish in New York -- describes the scope of the work, the author's experiences living in Mexico, and the terms of the subscription. The map is described as five feet seven inches long by four feet four inches, and large enough to be the biggest and most detailed map of the country, depicting rivers, mountains, cities, and more. In addition to the grandiose map, the author intended to publish a separate view of the Palacio Nacional de Mejico, a work worthy of a place "en la casa de todo Mejicano de proporciones." The map and view together cost $15, while the map alone was to cost $12 and the view alone $5. The bottom half of the second page contains blank space to fill in subscribers (not filled in on this copy), making this prospectus not only an advertisement, but also a potential canvassing tool. Rare and ephemeral -- we locate three copies in OCLC, at the American Antiquarian Society, the University of Michigan, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Another copy resides at New York Public Library.