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Auction 14: Americana

Lots 37 & 38: Texas Maps

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37. [MAP: TEXAS (Washington County)]. CLAMPITT, Nathan A[rnett]. Manuscript survey map and description signed and dated by surveyor Nathan A. Clampitt, delineating and describing property in Washington County owned by James H. Holt (surveyed for John R. Weir and James H. Calvert). Washington County, September 16, 1845. 1 p., 4to, on ruled paper, drawn and written in blue ink. The map of the 350-acre property is titled: James R. Weir & James H. Calvert 350 acres (approximately 7.2 x 7.5 cm; 2-3/4 x 3 inches). Stained at folds and light uniform browning.

    This small abstract survey map made in the last days of the Republic, though not a large and grand piece, is interesting documentation on surveying in the Republic of Texas and the lands and parties to which it relates. Surveyor Clampitt was the son of one of the Old Three Hundred, Susanah Graves Clampitt (1781-1868), one of the few women to receive a Spanish land grant (3,333 acres in Washington) in her own name.

Miniature Emory Map

38. [MAP: TEXAS, THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES, MEXICO & THE BORDERLANDS]. ENSIGN, T. & E. H. Ensign. Map of Texas and Part of Mexico Reduced and Compiled from the Congressional Map and Other Recent Authorities. Published by T. & E. H. Ensign, N.Y. [below neatline]: Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1846 by A. Willard in the Clerks Office in the District Court of the Southern District of N.Y. Engraved map on clay-coated paper mounted on original card stock. 15 x 11.7 cm (6 x 4-5/8 inches). Contemporary outline color in lilac, later shading in yellow, green, and blue, ornamental border with wove pattern motif in pink. Slight wear at corners and edges, removable tape on verso, otherwise fine. Rare.

    This small-format, exquisitely engraved map is very rare and unusual. The focus of the map is Texas, in a slightly reworked Emory conformation but with more detail provided. The map probably was created to respond to the public’s demand for more information on the theaters of the Mexican-American War. Day, Maps of Texas, p. 43.

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