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AUCTION 20

43. [MAP]. BRADFORD, T[homas] G[amaliel]. Texas [below neat line] Entered According to Act of Congress, in the Year 1838, by T. G. Bradford, in the Clerks Office, of the District Court of Massachusetts. | Engraved by G. W. Boynton. [Boston, ca. 1838]. Engraved map on heavy wove paper, land grants in original pale shades of yellow, blue, pink, and green, borders shaded green. Neat line to neat line: 36.5 x 28.4 cm. Scale: 1 inch = approximately 45 miles. Pristine, excellent color retention, firm impression, untrimmed margins. On good, strong paper (unlike some of the later issues), and with the text leaves on Texas from the atlas.

     This copy has the earliest issue points for Bradford’s large-format Texas map of 1838: shows only empresario grants (rather than grants and counties); the city of Austin is not yet included; the Nueces River is the southwestern border (subsequently advanced to Rio Grande). There are at least six different versions of the Bradford map; all of them are from the atlases that Bradford published between 1835 and 1840. The earliest of the Texas maps came out in Bradford’s 1835 atlas—small-format and with outline coloring. In 1838, Bradford revised his atlas to a larger format and updated it to reflect new geographic knowledge. For a complete Bradford atlas, see under Atlas herein.

     Bradford was the first maker of atlases to include a separate map for Texas. Martin & Martin 31: “Bradford published a completely new atlas in 1838, in a larger format, and the map of Texas it contained was even more clearly patterned on Austin’s.” ($2,000-3,000)

Sold. Hammer: $2,800.00; Price Realized: $3,290.00

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