Hieroglyphic Map of the Pilgrimage of the Aztecs to the Valley of Mexico
Scarce map showing the travels of the Aztec Tribes which led them to the Valley of Mexico, from Antonio Garcia y Cubas' monumental Atlas Geographico, Estadistico e Historico de la Republica Mexicana, the first atlas of the Mexican Republic.
The map employs the symbols of the Aztecs which were utilized in indigenous pre-Columbian maps to illustrate the journey.
The map includes a text explanation by Doctor Jose Fernando Ramirez, then Conservator of the National Museum of Mexico in the 1850s.
Antonio Garcia y Cubas was Mexico's first great map maker and his work is highly sought after.
This is the first example of this map we have ever offered for sale.
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.