General Map of The Mexican Republic Published By Garcia Cubas
Fine example of one of Garcia Cubas's decorative general map of Mexico, published in 1858.
This scarce map of Mexico appeared in Antonio Garcia y Cubas' monumental Atlas Geographico, Estadistico e Historico de la Republica Mexicana, the first atlas of the Mexican Republic.
This is the so-called geographical and statistical chart of Mexico, including extensive statistical information around the map of the country that is hand-colored by state.
Antonio Garcia y Cubas was Mexico's first great map maker and his work is highly sought after. Only 300 examples of the atlas were reportedly printed and separate maps rarely appear on the market.
Antonio García y Cubas (1832-1912) was a Mexican geographer, historian, writer, and cartographer. An orphan from a young age, Cubas attended the Colegio de San Gregorio and the Colegio de Ingenieros, where he earned a geography degree. In 1856, he became a member of the Sociedad Mexicana de Geografía y Estadística.
Cubas wrote several geographic works, including introductory courses to geography, historical atlases, and maps. He is best known for his Atlas Geográfico, Estadístico e Histórico de la República Mexicana (1857), Carta General de México (1863), and Diccionario Geográfico, Histórico y Biográfico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos en cinco volúmenes, editados entre 1888 y 1891. He is also praised for his memoir, El Libro de mis Recuerdos (1905). Today, the best books published in anthropology and history in Mexico are given the Antonio García Cubas prize.