Dorothy Sloan -- Books

Auction 10, Cartography
(Globes, Atlases, & Maps)

Items 201-225


201. [BOOK]. HUGHES, John T. Doniphan's Expedition; Containing an Account of the Conquest of New Mexico; General Kearney's Overland Expedition to California; Doniphan's Campaign against the Navajos; His Unparalleled March upon Chihuahua and Durango; and the Operations of General Price at Santa Fé: With a Sketch of the Life of Col. Doniphan.... Cincinnati: J. A. & U. P. James, 1850. 407 pp., frontispiece, illustrations, plans, engraved map: A New Map of Mexico, California, & Oregon (30.7 x 23.5 cm; 12-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches; scale not stated); 3 single-page plans: Plan of Santa Fe and Its Environs, Plan of the Battle of Brazito, and Plan of the Battle of Sacramento. 8vo, original blindstamped brown cloth. Cloth a bit faded and slightly worn, mild to moderate foxing to text, map age-toned.
        Second edition, third issue, the "book issue"revised and enlarged (the first edition came out in pamphlet form in 1847; the second edition adds the portrait of Price and the list of illustrations as specified in Howes). Cowan, p. 115. Edwards, The Enduring Desert, p. 122. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers 999a (Maclean) & p. 214 (Tisdale). Hill, p. 452. Howes H769: "Doniphan's and Kearney's conquests gave the U.S. its claim to New Mexico and Arizona." Plains & Rockies IV:134:5: "Recount[s] the adventures of the First Regiment of Missouri Cavalry in New Mexico and Chihuahua.... Hughes' brightly-written account of the regiment proved popular; by 1851 the Jameses reported more than 14,000 copies, and it remained in print for many years thereafter. Despite the quantity, and the many printings, it is now rare and avidly sought." Rittenhouse 311: "A classic work." Wheat, Transmississippi West 546.
($150-300)

202. [MAP]. RADEFELD, Carl C. F. Vereinigte Staaten von Nord-America und Mexico. [Hildburghausen: Bibliographisches Institut], 1850. Lithographed map, original outline coloring. 18.5 x 25.5 cm (7-1/4 x 10 inches). Scale: 1 inch = 75 miles. Marginal chipping, browning.
        Plate no. 102 from Meyer's Zeitungs-Atlas.
($50-100)

203. [MAP]. RAPKIN, J. United States. [London, Edinburgh, & Dublin: J. & F. Tallis, 1850]. Engraved map, original outline coloring. 24.5 x 34.3 cm (9-5/8 x 13-1/2 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 200 miles. Ornamental border with vignette portraits of Washington and Franklin. Illustrations: The Capitol, Washington (upper left), Buffalo Hunt (lower left), Penn's Treaty with the Indians (lower center), Washington's Monument (lower right), state seal of New York with motto "Excelsior" and shield of the American flag (upper right). At lower left: The illustrations by J. Marchant & Engraved by J. Rogers; The Map Drawn & Engraved by J. Rapkin. Light browning, else fine.
        This map appeared in two versions. This is the earlier issue with a large Texas showing the pre-1850 western border extending along the Rio Grande to the Arkansas River. The map area above Texas has the vignette of the Capitol. A later version (see Item 212) replaces the Capitol with map details. The map appeared in Tallis's Illustrated Atlas.... Antique Maps of the 19th Century World, p. 147. Phillips, Atlases 804.
($150-300)

204. [PRINT: CITY VIEW]. SCHWARZ, Louis (publisher). View of New Orleans from the Lower Cotton Press. [Frankfurt, ca. 1850]. Hand-colored lithograph. 27.2 x 68.8 cm (10-5/8 x 27 inches). Lower left: Published by Louis Schwarz. Lower right: B. Dondorf Frankfort oM. Germany. Some tears and repairs (mostly marginal), light surface soiling and mild foxing. Under glass, linen mat, gilded black wooden frame.
        In this finely executed view, New Orleans is shown from the perspective of the cotton press and gin, with the central district in the distance and the famous landmarks faintly seen. The harbor is busy with people, carts, and wagons. Many ships are shown, including two named steam side-wheelers (Sultana and Concordia), three-masted mercantile sailing ship in foreground, schooners, many other vessels shown, some with foreign banners and flags. Reps (Views and Viewmakers of Urban America 1155) lists a larger format view of the same title by J. W. Hill & Smith, printed by Sarony and Major in 1852.
($2,000-4,000)

205. [MAP]. THOMAS, COWPERTHWAIT & CO. Map of Texas from the Most Recent Authorities. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Co., 1850. Engraved map, original full color, border shaded pink and green. 31.3 x 38.4 cm (12-3/8 x 15-1/8 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 52 miles. Inset map at lower left: Texas North of Red River. Lower right: Plate number 25. Ornamental border. Minor stains, else fine.
        The map shows Texas with its more modern Panhandle, and the territory west of the original colonies is allocated to Bexar County. The lower Rio Grande Valley is labeled San Patricio County.
($250-500)

ONE OF THE FIRST PRINTED MAPS TO SHOW FORT WORTH

206. [GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT]. UNITED STATES. WAR DEPARTMENT. JOHNSTON, Joseph E., et al. Reports of the Secretary of War, with Reconnaissances of Routes from San Antonio to El Paso...Also, the Report of Capt. R. B. Marcy's Route from Fort Smith to Santa Fe; and the Report of Lieut. J. H. Simpson of an Expedition into the Navajo Country; and the Report of Lieutenant W. H. C. Whiting's Reconnaissances of the Western Frontier of Texas. Washington: SED64, 1850. 250 pp., 2 lithographed maps: (1) Reconnaissances of Routes from San Antonio de Bexar to El Paso del Norte.... Philadelphia: P. S. Duval (62.4 x 93.2 cm; 24-5/8 x 36-3/4 inches); (2) Map of the Route Pursued in 1849 by the U.S. Troops under the Command of Bvt. Lieut. Col. Jno. M. Washington, Governor of New Mexico, in an Expedition against the Navajos Indians.... (23.1 x 14.7 cm; 9 x 5-3/4 inches), 72 lithographed plates (many colored or tinted, some folding). 8vo, original brown blind-stamped cloth (neatly rebacked with modern brown cloth, new dark brown morocco label). Edges worn, corners bumped, endpapers abraded where material was removed, some browning, paper browned. The large map has a few splits at folds and some marginal tears. The map, as usual, is very fragile due to the thin friable paper on which it was printed
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 111: "Led to the opening of West Texas to travel and settlement.... These routes remained for years the main lines of communication for soldier, settler, and gold seeker alike." Bennett, American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books, pp. 63 & 98. Field 1413n. Garrett, Mexican-American War, pp. 298-99. Graff 2228 (see also 3789). Howes J170 (see also S498). Meisel III, p. 113. Pilling 3608n (comparative vocabulary of Pueblo linguistic groups in New Mexico). Plains & Rockies IV:184 & 218. Raines, p. 128. Schwartz & Ehrenberg, p. 279: "Among the earliest chromolithographs to appear in a government report." Wheat, Transmississippi West 641 & III, pp. 16-17; 677 & III, pp. 22-23 & 223.
        The significant contributions found in this valuable compendium of U.S. government reports on Texas and New Mexico following the Mexican-American War are too numerous to describe in full. See William H. Goetzmann's Army Exploration in the American West (Chapter 6, "Exploring the New Domain"). Many of the areas shown on the very large Texas map (compiled by Johnston, Whiting, Smith, Bryan, and Michler) are the first delineations based on actual scientific surveys. See Robert S. Martin, "United States Army Mapping in Texas, 1848-50" in The Mapping of the American Southwest (College Station: Texas A&M, [1987], pp. 37-56). The Texas map is likely the first to show the location of Fort Worth (see Crossroads of EmpireAmon Carter Museum exhibit June 12-July 26, 1981).
        The plates all relate to the report of James H. Simpson, the first Anglo to describe Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Pueblo Bonito, Inscription Rock, and to provide full illustration of the Zuñi and Pueblo peoples. Goetzmann refers to Simpson as the "first American to make an accurate eyewitness survey of the region west of the Rio Grande past the Puerco and to penetrate the northern canyons" and states that "no work on these pueblos is complete without references to Simpson's researches" (p. 244). Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($500-1,000)

207. [MAP]. WISLIZENUS, A. Two engraved maps and one profile, including: Karte über eine Reise von Independence nach Santa Fé, Chihuahua, Monterey, und Matamoros, von A. Wislizenus in den Jahren 1846 und 1847. [Braunschweig: Vieweg, 1850]. 49.6 x 39.7 cm (19-1/2 x 15-5/8 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 11 miles. Symbols at lower right keyed for towns, stations, astronomical observations, overnight stays, etc. Some splits at folds, narrow wedge-shaped cut at lower edge, approximately 3 inches long x 3/8 inch wide (affecting only one short section in the Bolson de Mapimi area).
        These two maps and profile sheet appeared in the first German edition of Wislizenus' report (originally published in a U.S. government document in 1848). Howes W597. Plains & Rockies IV:159:2. Raines, p. 221. Rittenhouse 656. Wheat, Transmississippi West 701, p. 10: "Many routes and caravan routes are shown in Texas, and the author's route is displayed in detail, along with the mountains he could see on either side of his long trail," p. 143: "A large and well-drawn map...most detailed." In 1846 the German author set out from Independence as a private citizen to conduct a scientific exploration of the Southwest with George Englemann. Unaware that the war with Mexico had been declared, he joined the large caravan of Albert Speyer headed for Chihuahua. They were imprisoned by the Mexicans at Cosihuiriachi, and later returned to Missouri with Doniphan's expedition. Goetzmann (Exploration and Empire, pp. 194-96) states that Wislizenus' report "was the most important geographical and economic survey of that almost unknown region [northern Mexico] then published."
($150-300)

208. [MAP]. WYLD, James. The United States & the Relative Position of the Oregon & Texas. London: James Wyld, [1850]. Engraved map, outline coloring. 38.4 x 54.6 cm (15-1/8 x 21-1/2 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 150 miles. Inset map at right: Great Britain on the same scale. Light browning, fine.
        The map includes many older features from Wyld's previous editions of his map (see Item 193 herein). In the present map Texas is shown with its modern Panhandle, but extending north only to the South Fork. California, Utah (including Nevada), and New Mexico (including Arizona) are superimposed upon the former geographical region that is still labeled "Upper California." Numerous place names are shown in California, including the San Joaquin River and its tributaries, Sacramento, Vallejo, Aqua Fria, and Pueblo de Los Angeles. Phillips, Atlases 808. Wheat, Transmississippi West 702 & p. 147: "Only a single name, Aqua Fria, appears in the gold region (which is not specified) though some of the valley towns are named. What dates this map is the appearance of California, with its present boundaries, and Utah." Plate 61 from Wyld's New General Atlas of Modern Geography.
($150-300)

209. [MAP]. YOUNG, J[ames] H[amilton]. Map of the State of Texas from the Latest Authorities. J. I. Hazzard sculp. Philadelphia: Cowperthwait, DeSilver, & Butler, 1850. Engraved map, original full color. 32.8 x 40.6 cm (12-7/8 x 15-7/8 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 53 miles. Inset maps: Northern Texas (upper left), Map of the Vicinity of Galveston City (lower left). Ornamental border. Descriptive texts on navigability of the Rio Grande, population and statistics of Texas, and railroads in Texas. Rough edge where removed from atlas and paper lightly browned, otherwise fine.
        Taliaferro 311A: "The map focuses on railroads...showing the tracks of the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railroad, then under construction from Harrisburg to Richmond. Four additional proposed lines, including the 'Atlantic and Pacific Railroad,' appear."
($300-600)

1851

210. [MAP]. CASE, TIFFANY & CO. Map of the United States. N.p., 1851. Engraved map, original full color. 60 x 61 cm (23-5/8 x 24 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 100 miles. Vignettes: portrait of Washington and Capitol at Washington. Minor stains lower left border, otherwise fine.
        A very colorful map that includes Mexico and Central America. Texas is shown in its modern configuration, but the state is distorted by stretching to the east and by a Rio Grande that flows more vertically north to south than it really does. The border between New Mexico and Mexico runs southwest from El Paso before turning up to the Gila River. Yucatan is colored as separate from Mexico.
($400-800)

210A. [MAP]. FLEMMING, C[arl]. Mexico, Mittel America, Texas. Glogau: C. Flemming, [ca. 1851]. Lithographed map, original outline coloring. 32.5 x 41.8 cm (12-7/8 x 16-1/2 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 40 miles. Numbered key at left for over 50 mountains and volcanoes. Color key for Mexican states, Central American states, and British Honduras. Keyed dots of different sizes to indicate population, symbols for tribal lands, railroads, canals, roads, etc. Margins trimmed with light shaving of title, a few old marginal repairs.
        The present map appeared in Karl Sohr's Vollständiger Hand-Atlas der neueren Erdbeschreibung über alle Theile der Erde (Phillips, Atlases 6137n, passim). Wheat, Gold Region 213. Sohr's atlas was first published 1842-1844 and went through many editions. The map itself is undated, but the printed modern boundaries of Texas and California as well as positioning of the words "Die Vereinigten Staaten" are post-Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This would imply a revised map for the fifth edition of Sohr. The colorist, on the other hand, has drawn an expansive Texas with its west and north borders on the Rio Grande and Arkansas River. The present map is an interesting instance of a cartographer updating an earlier map to reflect the changing rapidly changing face of Texas, the Southwest U.S., and Mexico. Flemming was active in the 1840s and 1850s, and perhaps later.
($150-300)

211. [MAP]. GUNNISON, J. W. Mexican Boundary B. Extract from the Treaty Map of Disturnell of 1847. Referred to in Col. Graham's Report.... Philadelphia: P. S. Duval & Co., 1851. Lithographed map. 23.2 x 39.6 cm (9-1/8 x 15-5/8 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 72 miles. Fine.
        Plains & Rockies IV:212. Wheat, Transmississippi West 718 & p. 227. A shaded area of 5,950 square miles shows the land west of El Paso that was in dispute due to the two possible interpretations of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo against the Disturnell map. The map was prepared to be included in Graham's Report (SED121), but the present copy shows no sign of having been folded.
($100-200)

212. [MAP]. RAPKIN, J. United States. [London, Edinburgh, & Dublin: J. & F. Tallis, 1851]. Engraved map, original outline coloring. 24.5 x 34.3 cm (9-5/8 x 13-1/2). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 200 miles. Ornamental border with vignette portraits of Washington and Franklin. Illustrations: Buffalo Hunt (lower left), Penn's Treaty with the Indians (lower center), Washington's Monument (lower right), state seal of New York with motto "Excelsior" and shield of the American flag (upper right). At lower left: The illustrations by J. Marchant & Engraved by J. Rogers; The Map Drawn & Engraved by J. Rapkin. Light browning, some slight chipping at edges.
        A later version of the Tallis map of the United States (see Item 203). A smaller Texas lacks any Panhandle. "New Mexico or Santa Fe" is shown extending only to the Rio Grande on the west, and the large illustration of the Capitol, which was in the upper left of the earlier version has been replaced with map details showing Missouri Territory, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Western Territory.
($150-300)

1852

213. [MAP]. DOWER, J. California, Mexico, and Central America. London: J. Dower, [1852]. Engraved map, original full color. 21.5 x 26.5 cm (8-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 300 miles. At bottom: Section elevation diagrams along the routes from Council Bluffs to Cape Mendocino and from Veracruz to Manzanillo. Fine.
        Dower was active from the 1820s to about 1870. A slightly earlier Dower map of the same area is in Wheat, Transmississippi West (761).
($100-200)

EXCEEDINGLY RARE LARGE-FORMAT POCKET MAP OF TEXAS

214. [POCKET MAP]. EPPINGER, J. & F[rancis] C. Baker. Map of Texas Compiled from Surveys Recorded in the General Land Office. N.p., 1852. Pocket map. Engraved map on onionskin paper, original full color, folded into 16mo, original brown cloth folder stamped in gilt and blind. 75.7 x 60 cm (29-5/8 x 23-5/8 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 20 miles. Inset map: Map of New Mexico, California, and Utah. Pocket covers worn. Some old oxidation stains at left and right sides of map. Original color somewhat faded. Very rare, large-format pocket map of Texas. This map is actually more rare than the De Cordova.
        This map first came out in 1851, and was published again in 1852 with only the date changed. Day, p. 56 (photostat only): "The map shows Texas and parts of Indian Territory, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mexico, and denotes counties, towns, roads, rivers, creeks, lakes, mountains, forts, location of Indian tribes, Indian villages, Chickasaw Depot, forested area, places and dates of battles of Mexican War." Taliaferro 304 (photostat only): "Following the format established by Stephen F. Austin's map of 1830, this map shows Texas east of approximately the 101st meridian. West Texas appears on a reduced scale in the inset. The 1852 issue is evidently quite rare. It is not listed in Phillips, or Graff, and is not in Day (except in photostat). Phillips (America, p. 44) lists only the 1851 issue."
        The Handbook of Texas Online (Francis C. Baker): "Francis C. Baker (1821-?), newspaper editor and railroad promoter, was born in Indiana in 1821.... [He] was called Dr. F. C. Baker by the time he became an editor of the Jefferson Democrat at Jefferson, Texas, in 1848. In the same year he undertook a scientific exploration of Texas with J. Eppinger and J. D. Baker. In 1851 F. C. Baker and Eppinger compiled a pocket map of Texas."
        The inset map entitled Map of New Mexico, California, and Utah shows the Transmississippi West from approximately the 101st meridian (not in Wheat). This important pocket map was one of the first Texas maps after De Cordova based on information compiled by the General Land Office of Texas. Shown are additional counties created after 1850. We locate only one other copy of this 1852 edition of the map.
($20,000-40,000)

GRAHAM DELINEATES THE VARIANCE BETWEEN THE TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO TERMS AND THE DISTURNELL MAP

215. [GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT]. GRAHAM, James D. Report of the Secretary of War, Communicating...the Report of Lieutenant Colonel Graham on the Subject of the Boundary Line between the United States and Mexico. Washington: SED121, 1852. 250 pp., lithographed barometric profile from San Antonio to Santa Rita, New Mexico, in 1851, and 2 lithographed maps: (1) Mexican Boundary. Sketch A. Referred to in Colonel Graham's Report.... (13.6 x 46.9 cm; 5-1/4 x 18-1/2 inches; no scale stated); (2) Mexican Boundary B. Extract from the Treaty Map of Disturnell of 1847. (23 x 39.2 cm; 9 x 15-1/2 inches; scale: 1 inch = approximately 70 miles). 8vo, original blind-stamped plum cloth. Spinal extremities frayed and worn, backstrip faded, light to moderate foxing. Bookplate of Dorothy and Clinton Josey. Four contemporary ink notes in text, said to be Graham's own notes by John H. Jenkins (we have not been able to corroborate this). For example, on p. 14, the printed statement "By this correspondence it will be seen that the American and the Mexican commissioners both knew full well that I had ordered Lieutenant Whipple in, and of his intention to obey the order"; followed by the writer's ink note: "and that neither of them then objected to this measure."
        First edition. Alliot, p. 89. Basic Texas Books 57n. Garrett, Mexican-American War, pp. 298, 413, 414. Graff 1609. Howes G296. Martin & Martin 40: "The history of the Mexican Boundary Survey was, perhaps more than any other episode in the American West, colored by ineptitude, personal animosity, ambition, and political interference. It was to have a significant effect on the final shape of the region." Meisel III, p. 100. Plains & Rockies IV:212: "In addition to reporting his troubles with John R. Bartlett, Graham included information and reports on southern New Mexico." Raines, p. 96. Wheat, Transmississippi West 717-18 & pp. 225-27; III:227: "This document contains Graham's elaborate defense of his conduct while detailed to the Boundary Commission."
        The map entitled Mexican Boundary B (see Plate 40 in Martin & Martin) delineates the boundary difference which would result from the two different interpretations of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo vis-à-vis the Disturnell map. The first interpretation was based on strict reference to the lines of longitude and latitude on the map; the second on actual reference to the landmarks of El Paso and the Rio Grande. The Disturnell map had placed El Paso too far north and west of its actual position. Graham's maps show that the two interpretations would result in a difference of 5,950 square miles to U.S. territory in an area strategic to mining and railroads. Donated to the Texas State Historical Society by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($300-600)

216. [MAP]. GRÄSSL, J. Vereinigte Staaten von Nord-America: Californien, Texas, und die Territorien New Mexico u. Utah. N.p., 1852. Engraved map, original full and outline color. 22.9 x 28.4 cm (9 x 11-1/8 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 150 miles. Fine.
        Gold Regions tinted yellow. The border of Texas extends irregularly east from El Paso before turning north to the Red River, placing the headwaters of the Brazos and Colorado Rivers firmly in New Mexico. From Joseph Meyer's Neuster Zeitungs Atlas. Wheat, Gold Region 217.
($200-400)

217. [MAP]. UNITED STATES COAST SURVEY. Sketch I Showing the Progress of the Survey in Section No. 9 1848-1852. N.p., 1852. Lithographed map. 19.3 x 30.3 cm (7-1/2 x 11-7/8 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 9 miles. Fine.
        Coast Survey of Galveston and Matagorda Bays. Martin & Martin p. 147n (describing a larger issue of the map): "The work of the Coast Survey not only resulted in the most accurate charts possible of the coastal waters of the nation, ensuring the safety and reliability of marine traffic, it also pioneered the modern techniques and equipment utilized in later surveys in the interior.... Even more important, the early creation of the Coast Survey embodied a recognition on the part of the federal government of a new responsibility, that of developing and disseminating maps and charts to promote the safety and welfare of the people." See Item 229 herein for the larger version of this map.
($50-100)

218. [MAP]. YOUNG, J[ames] H[amilton]. Map of the State of Texas from the Latest Authorities.... J. I. Hazzard sculp. Philadelphia: Cowperthwait, DeSilver, & Butler, 1850 [but 1852 or after]. Engraved map, original full color. 32.8 x 40.6 cm (12-7/8 x 15-7/8 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 53 miles. Inset maps: (1) Northern Texas; (2) Map of the Vicinity of Galveston City. Ornamental border. Descriptive texts on navigability of the Rio Grande, population and statistics of Texas, and railroads in Texas. Upper left corner repaired with very small portion of border supplied in facsimile.
        This map is a later issue of Young's 1850 map (see Item 209 above). The copyright date is unchanged, but the map shows Hidalgo County (not present on 1850 issue), which was organized in 1852. Taliaferro 311An.
($150-300)

1853

219. [MAP]. BAKER, S. F. Texas. New York: [G. Burgess, 1853]. Engraved map, original outline coloring. 25.9 x 22 cm (10-3/8 x 9 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 90 miles. Very good.
        Extracted from Smith's Atlas of Modern and Ancient Geography. Text page 35 on reverse. Phillips, Atlases 322.
($60-120)

220. [MAP]. BARTLETT, John R. Three lithographed maps relative to the United States and Mexican boundary dispute: (1) No.1 Disturnel's [sic] Map, Exhibiting the Error in the Rio Grandes [sic] Position. Baltimore: A. Hoen & Co., 1853. 19.7 x 27.3 cm (7-3/4 x 10-3/4 inches); (2) No. 2 Map Exhibiting the Southern Boundary of New Mexico as Respectively Claimed by the United States & the Mexican Commissioner.... Baltimore: A. Hoen & Co., 1853. 18.8 x 28.3 cm (7-3/8 x 11-1/4 inches); (3) No. 5 That Part of Disturnell's Treaty Map in the Vicinity of the Rio Grande and Southern Boundary of New Mexico...1851. Baltimore: A. Hoen, [1853]. 21.7 x 27.3 cm (8-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches). Splits at folds.
        These three maps appeared in a government document, Bartlett's Report of the Secretary of the Interior, Communicating, in Compliance with a Resolution of the Senate, a Report from Mr. Bartlett on the Subject of the Boundary Line between the United States and Mexico. [Washington: SED41, 1853]. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 311. Wheat, Transmississippi West 720, 771, 772 & p. 237
($150-300)

221. [MANUSCRIPT SURVEY]. [MATAGORDA COUNTY (Isaac Van Dorn Survey)]. COLLINSWORTH, James B. (Surveyor). Original autograph document signed by Collinsworth, District Surveyor for Matagorda District, August 5, 1853, with survey sketch and field notes on 430 acres of land lying in Matagorda County (in the Duke League on Lake Austin) for Isaac Van Dorn. 1 page, folio, with small untitled manuscript survey sketch in ink at top (6.3 x 3.7 cm; 2-1/2 x 1-5/8 inches; scale: 1 inch = 1000 varas). Chain carriers listed in this survey are George Hurst and Files Deis. Fine.
        Surveys like this are interesting documentation on land and land use, and this one relates to one of Austin's Old Three Hundred. "Isaac Van Dorn ...traveled first to Kentucky and by 1822 to Texas, where he sojourned first at San Felipe de Austin and the Cedar Lake area before settling on Live Oak Creek in what is now Matagorda County. In July 1826 he petitioned for land in the Austin colony, and on April 14, 1828, with partner Daniel E. Balis as one of the Old Three Hundred families, received title to a sitio of land on Caney and Live Oak creeks, now in southeastern Matagorda County. In January 1827 Van Dorn attended a meeting supporting the Mexican constitution and condemning the Fredonian Rebellion. In February 1830 one Isaac 'Vandoin' (probably Van Dorn) was serving as síndico procurador at the regular meeting of the ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin. In June 1832 Van Dorn fought in Aylett C. Buckner's company at the battle of Velasco. He was a member of the committee of safety and correspondence at Matagorda in October 1835 and in December was recommended by Joseph W. E. Wallace to Henry Smith as a lieutenant in the artillery.... In July 1837 Van Dorn was elected the first sheriff of Matagorda County, and in late January 1840 he was appointed a commissioner to examine for fraudulent land title claims in the county" (The Handbook of Texas Online: Isaac Van Dorn).
($500-1,000)

222. [MAP]. RADEFELD, C. Geognostiche Karte der Nord-Americanischen Freistaaten. Hildburghausen: Bibliographischen Instituts, 1853. Engraved map, original color. 29.5 x 38.8 cm (11-5/8 x 15-1/8 inches). Scale: 1 inch = approximately 200 miles. Original full and outline coloring. Light browning, else fine.
        Color key in lower margin identifies geological formations. California's Gold Region is colored gold. Not in Wheat. Texas is shown with a very narrow Panhandle, and very little "Big Bend" to the Rio Grande. Plate No. 149 from Meyer's Grosser Hand-Atlas.
($150-300)

223. [MAP]. SOCIETY FOR DIFFUSION OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE. North America Sheet XV Utah, New Mexico, Texas, California, &c. and the Northern States of Mexico. London: George Cox, 1853. Engraved map, original outline coloring. 31.5 x 39.7 cm (12-3/8 x 15-5/8 inches). Scale not given. Uniform browning, fine.
        Phillips, Atlases 811. From the General Atlas Published under the Supervision of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
($200-400)

1854

224. [BOOK]. BALDWIN, Thomas & J. Thomas. Lippincott, Grambo & Co.'s Gazetteer. A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States; Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy.... Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1854. 1,364 pp., lithographed map with bright original outline coloring: A New Map of the United States. upon Which Are Delineated Its Vast Works of Internal Communication, Routes across the Continent & Showing also Canada and the Island of Cuba by W. Williams...1854 (61.6 x 74.8 cm; 24-1/4 x 29-3/8 inches; scale not stated); 3 inset maps, including: Map of California, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah, &c. (27 x 23.7 cm; 10-1/2 x 9 -1/8 inches; scale not stated). Thick 8vo, original sheep, black leather spine label. Binding rubbed and worn, crude old black cloth repair at foot of spine. Mild foxing to text. The superb map with its vivacious coloring is age-toned and has some clean splits at folds (easily repairable); otherwise quite fine.
        Wheat, Gold Region 270: "Oregon has been divided into Oregon and Washington on this map"; Transmississippi West 769n (citing the 1852 edition of the map and inset): "In the inset, which is largely based on Frémont, but which carries much up-to-date information, we read: 'Remarks: in the compilation of our map government and other authorities have been referred to. Frémont, Marcy, Wilkes, Emory, Abert, Johnston, Simpson, Whiting and others are gentlemen of well known reputation and to whose valuable researches into the geography of that portion of our country, lying between the States and the Pacific, every citizen of the Republic should feel indebted.' The map extends west only to Indian Territory"; 818 (citing this 1854 version of the inset Map of California, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah, &c.): "Washington is shown, but the Gila remains the southern boundary of the United States."
        Most of Texas is shown outlined in orange in the large map (lacks the Trans-Pecos West). Text at Ysletas declares: "The population of this large island is between 3000 and 4000. They are mostly devoted to agriculture." The outline coloring on the map is very vivid. As the Industrial Revolution progressed, new methods of creating maps and coloring them flourished.
($600-1,200)

LA REUNION RARITY-WITH MAPS

225. [BOOK]. CONSIDERANT, Victor. Au Texas. Paris: La Librairie Phalanstérienne, 1854. [4] 190 [2, table] [191]-194 (publisher's notices) pp., 2 lithographed maps with original outline color: (1) Étas-Unis. Avril. (17.8 x 30.2 cm; 7 x 12 inches; no scale stated; lower left: Gravé par les Sres; lower right: Imp. Lemercier, Paris); (2) Texas d'aprés la Carte Publiée par J. H. Colton.... (28.2 x 34.2 cm; 11-1/8 x 13-3/8 inches; scale: 1 inch = 60 miles; lower left: Gravé chez Delamare rue St. André-des-Arcs.45; lower right: Paris Imp. Lemercier Rue de Seine S t. G in 57). 8vo, modern pale blue cloth over marbled boards, black leather spine label (new endsheets). Binding cloth abraded, title soiled at upper right and foxed, text with mild to moderate foxing, a few old repairs (skillfully done) to book and maps. The stamp-happy librarian for the Bibliotheque Populaire has applied a goodly number of oval ink stamps to the bookthe title, some text leaves, margin of face of first map (affecting only a small bit of the map image), and several times on the verso of the Texas map.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 33: "An eminent philosopher's account of Texas and his audacious plans for a social colony there, the direct result of which was the establishment of La Reunion Colony near Dallas.... Close to 500 colonists settled there. These included writers, musicians, artists, artisans, and free spirits, but only two farmers. As might be expected, a couple of years of utopian bickering and successive Texas droughts brought the experiment to a speedy collapse." Clark, Old South III:292. Howes C697. Raines, p. 53. Considerant's book excited great interest in socialist circles in Europe, and his "Manifest de la Democratie Pacifique" is considered by some to be a forerunner of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto. The large map of Texas, based on Colton, is outlined in pale pink.
($2,000-4,000)

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