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Very Rare Mexican Company Prospectus with a Fine Map
[PAMPLET WITH FOLDING MAP/ MINING/ PUEBLA, MEXICO] .
BELTRAN, F. P./ PECHECO, Carlos [Mexico City, 1884]
Compania Colonizadora De La Mesa De Coroneles Y Metlaltoyuca En El Estado De Puebla. [Map:] Croquis de la terrenos de Metlaltoyuca Conforme al deslinde prartirada…1883.
in red sheep, blind embossed, marbled end papers, re-backed, gilt-ruled & gilt-letter on upper cover: C. General Rafael Cravioto; 36pp; lithographed map, various divisions hand-lined in color, 26 x 36 ½ inches; map with some fold separations but overall excellent; binding excellent; text lightly toned else excellent.
Elegantly bound pamphlet with a fine, beautifully engraved, folding map of a distinguished provenance. No OCLC copies or appearance in market records. The work served essentially as a prospectus for a company seeking to commercially develop as well as colonize the mountainous northern region in the southern Mexican state of Puebla. The Compania Colonizadora would first attempt to extract resources from the region through logging and mining. A section of the text describes at length the area’s coal reserves. However, the company was also authorized to colonize the area with European immigrants, many who would be drawn from Italy.
Both pictorial and handsomely engraved on heavy paper, the map is a very effective example of promotional cartography. The five views surrounding the map depict the area as relatively verdant and inviting. Notably, the map shows the locations of Aztec ruins, and the text urges their preservation. Both mapmakers, Pacheco and Beltran, are known for other cartographic works as noted in the Dictionary of Mapmakers, and Beltran was an important civil engineer. C. General Rafael Cravioto (1829-1903), whose name is tooled in gold on the front cover, was a prominent participant in Mexican civil wars and was later the governor of Hidalgo.
Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers, A-D, p. 188, K-P, p. 371.