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First Separate Map of Texas to Appear in an Atlas

84. [MAP]. [BRADFORD, Thomas Gamaliel]. Texas [left margin outside neat line] 64.A. [Boston & New York, 1835]. Engraved map, original outline coloring of land grants. Neat line to neat line: 19.8 x 26.5 cm. Scale: 1 inch = 75 miles. Mild to moderate staining, slightly creased, small hole at lower right blank margin, overall very good, with text leaf (pp. 64B and 64C) from atlas, with text on Texas.

     First issue of the first separate map of Texas to appear in an atlas, with early issue points, including Mustang Wild Horse Desert shown in south Texas; Nueces River shown as southwestern boundary; land grants shown instead of counties; Austin (founded 1839) not shown; etc. This map is from A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Martin & Martin 31: “The map itself appeared to be copied directly from Austin's, the only readily available authority.... The map differed from Austin's primarily in its prominent display of numerous colonization grants and a plethora of new settlements and towns, indicative of the massive influx of colonists occurring after the publication of Austin's work. Another significant departure from Austin was the map's depiction of the Arkansas boundary controversy.... Aside from showing Texas as a separate state, the map [is] historically important for clearly demonstrating the demand in the U.S. for information about Texas during the Revolution and the early years of the Republic.  It also serves to confirm the importance of Austin’s map as source for that information.” Phillips, Atlases 770. ($1,000-2,000)

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