Large Format Bradford Texas Map
Advancing the Border to Rio Grande & Locating Austin
85. [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. 1839]. Engraved map with land grants in original pale shades of yellow, blue, pink, and green, borders unshaded, neat line to neat line: 36.3 x 28.4 cm. Scale: 1 inch = approximately 45 miles. Uniformly browned, small strip of light water staining at lower margin (barely touching map image), two small pieces of paper on verso (old mounting strips), otherwise very good.
Intermediate version of Bradford’s large-format Texas map of 1838, from the same plate but with the outline coloring advancing the Texas border to the Rio Grande rather than the Nueces, county lines are superimposed over the land grants, and new towns are shown (including Austin, established in 1839). 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 (see preceding item). In 1838, Bradford revised his atlas to a larger format and updated it to reflect new geographic knowledge.
Bradford was the first maker of atlases to include a separate map for Texas (see preceding). 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.”
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