Mogg’s rare plan of Mexico City
By MOGG, Edward, 1811
Plan General de la Ciudad de Mexico levantado por el Teniente Coronel Don Diego Garcia Conde, en al Ano de 1793, y Gravado en Miniatura en Londres por Eduardo Mogg, el Ano 1811.
- Author: MOGG, Edward
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Eduardo Mogg
- Publication date: 1811.
- Physical description: Engraved hand coloured map, dissected and backed on linen, a few wormholes skilfully repaired.
- Dimensions: 540 by 600mm (21.25 by 23.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11890
The original plates for Conde’s map were destroyed: this reduction was published in 1811, probably because of British interest in the Mexican War of Independence, which had begun in 1810. Although it is a reduction, Mogg’s map still shows Mexico City in some detail, capturing both the wealth of the centre of the Spanish Empire, and also the developments made under Conde de Revillagigedo’s viceregency. The city is divided into eight wards, with the public, religious and government buildings in each marked by a key. Also visible is “La Garita de Belén”, which would play a crucial part during the Mexican-American War: after it fell to American troops, Mexico City itself was captured.
Edward Mogg (fl1803-1860) was a cartographer, engraver, and publisher, active in London at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Rather unusually for the time he not only drew his own maps, but also engraved them. The business was mainly based upon the production of pocket travel guides and maps.
There are only two copies remaining of the 1807 original, in the British Library, London and University of California, Berkeley. We have only been able to trace one institutional example of this edition: that held by Yale University Library.
- For the 1807 original, see Sonia Lombardo da Ruiz, ‘Atlas histórico de la ciudad de México’ (Mexico City, 1996), plate 144
- W. Michael Mathes, Illustration in Colonial Mexico: Woodcuts and Copper Engravings in New Spain, 1539–1821 (Zapopan: Colegio de Jalisco, 2003), Register 9989
- Roberto L. Mayer, Poblaciones Mexicanos: Planos y panoramos siglos XVI al XIX (Mexico City: Smurfit Carto ón y Papel, 1998), pp. 76–77 (illustrated)
- Palau 98695 (incorrectly attributed).