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Bradford Atlas with the Large-Format Map of Texas

3. [ATLAS]. BRADFORD, T[homas] G[amaliel] & S[amuel] G[riswold] Goodrich. A Universal, Illustrated Atlas, Exhibiting a Geographical, Statistical, and Historical View of the World. Edited by T. G. Bradford and S. G. Goodrich. Boston: Charles D. Strong, 1842. [4], iv, 218 pp., 49 engraved maps with original full hand coloring (map of U.S. double-page), 2 plates (frontispiece and pictorial title). Sheet size of maps and plates: 40.5 x 30.5 cm. Folio, original dark brown cloth, title in gilt and within ornamental gilt oval border on upper cover (neatly rebacked and recornered in new dark brown morocco, spine gilt-lettered and with raised bands). Hinges strengthened, endpapers soiled and with later ink note, offsetting throughout from original olive hand-coloring, uniform browning, occasional short marginal tears (no losses).

     Bradford’s large format atlas, which came out in 1838, was followed by numerous reprints and updates. This edition contains an issue of his large map of the Republic of Texas. Howes B701. Martin & Martin 31n: “Although Thomas Gamaliel Bradford was not a leading figure in the nineteenth century American map trade, his atlases are significant to the cartographic history of Texas because they included the first two maps to depict Texas as an independent republic.... 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. Aside from showing Texas as a separate state, the maps and text Bradford inserted into his atlases are historically important for clearly demonstrating the demand in the United States for information about Texas during the Revolution and the early years of the Republic. They also serve to confirm the importance of Austin's map as a source for that information.” Phillips, Atlases 783. Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers 271. Rumsey 4453A (citing the 1841 Bradford-Goodrich atlas and discussing the variations of that series of atlases, of which the present is part, although with altered title): “Goodrich in 1842 issued a new edition of the Illustrated Atlas with Bradford that retains the text and adds the same new maps that are added here. However, many of the maps in the 1841 edition are somewhat different from the 1838 and 1842 editions, with the usual changes in counties, etc.” Sabin 7261 (mentioning editions including 1838, 1839, and 1842). Cf. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 430 & 431 & II, p. 165.

     The Texas map appears following p. 164 and is as follows: 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 [at top right above neat line] 42. Neat line to neat line: 36 x 29 cm. There are at least six different versions of the Bradford map, the earliest being the small format Texas map that came out in Bradford’s 1835 atlas. The present map is a later issue of the large-format version, updated to reflect new knowledge. County lines are superimposed over land grants, and the city of Austin is now located. The southwestern boundary has been moved from the Nueces River to the Rio Grande. The accompanying text “Republic of Texas” (pp. 164-166) declares diplomatically: “The boundaries of this infant commonwealth are as yet unsettled on the side of Mexico.” The essay on the “Mexican United States” still lists the state of Coahuila y Tejas, and notes the territories of New Mexico and Upper and Lower California. ($2,500-4,500)

Sold. Hammer: $3,800.00; Price Realized: $4,465.00

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