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Auction 13: A Few Good Maps & Manuscripts

Lot 9

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9. [MAP]. ARROWSMITH, John. A Map of Texas, Compiled from Surveys Recorded in the Land Office of Texas, and Other Official Surveys. By John Arrowsmith, Soho Square. London. [engraved pictorial seals of the Republic of Texas and the General Land Office of Texas] Recognized as an Independent State by Great Britain 16th. Novr. 1840. Below neatline at center: London, Pubd. 17 April, 1841. by John Arrowsmith, 10 Soho Square. Inset at left: Plan of Galveston Bay from a M.S. Inset at right, British North America. Engraved map, original outline coloring. 59.8 x 49.8 cm (23-1/2 x 19-5/8 inches). Skillfully backed with acid-free tissue, a few minor tears at right margin neatly consolidated (no losses), otherwise fine, with a few neat contemporary pencil notations at Red River (Coffee’s Trading House, etc.) and a series of faint pencil hatch marks at right. Fine copy with strong coloring.

     Second appearance of this important map, which originally came out in Arrowsmith's London Atlas (1832-1846). This issue of the map appeared in Kennedy's book, Texas: The Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of Texas (London, 1841). Martin & Martin, Maps of Texas and the Southwest, 1513-1900 #32: “A new map of the Republic of Texas [with] up-to-date information [including] an accurate depiction of boundaries and river systems and the latest developments in its political divisions.... Arrowsmith's map was probably the first to show the full extent of Texas' claim to the upper Rio Grande.... As one of the earliest maps to contain information from the General Land Office of Texas, the map located Indian tribes, major roadways, and included editorial comments for the benefit of the future traveler to Texas, such as 'excellent land,' 'valuable land,' 'rich land,' and 'delightful country.'” Streeter 1385 (this issue; see Streeter 1373 for first issue). Taliaferro, p. 15. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West #451 (citing present issue) & pp. 173-74: “This is a landmark for its delineation of the pioneer counties of the State, as well as for its inclusion of Le Grand's 'exploration' in what is now the Panhandle and beyond.”      ($8,000-14,000)



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