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Rare Pocket Map Issue Showing Texas at Annexation

79. [MAP]. [YOUNG, James Hamilton (after)]. Map of Texas from the Most Recent Authorities. Philadelphia: Published by C. S. Williams N.E. corner of Market & 7th Streets. 1845 [above lower neat line] Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by C. S. Williams, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. [inset map at lower left] Texas North of Red River. Philadelphia, 1845. Engraved map, original full hand coloring, ornamental border in green. Border to border: 30.2 x 37.2 cm. Folded into pocket covers (12.3 x 8.1 cm), original burgundy roan, Texas lettered in gilt on upper cover, both covers elaborately blind-embossed with floral motif. Map with two small splits along folds in right margin (barely touching border), boards slightly rubbed, otherwise very fine.

     The rare pocket map issue of an excellent map published the year of annexation. Day, Maps of Texas, p. 40. Streeter 1629 (citing another issue, without Young's name, from Tanner’s atlas, but in pocket map format, as here). J. H. Young published the first version of this classic nineteenth-century Texas map in 1845, and it was frequently republished in various atlases. In this particular iteration the erroneous Spring Creek County noted by Streeter in the first edition is still present, and the legend “Colorado Hills” still appears above Austin. The map also shows all the major roads, counties, many of the primary streams, and some persistent legends such as the “Silver Mine” west of San Antonio. Flags and legends mark the site of the battles of San Jacinto and Alamo. A note in the northwest section reads: "This tract of Country as far as North Canadian Fork was explored by Le Grand in 1833, it is naturally fertile, well wooded, and with a fair proportion of water." This “fertile” area actually turned out to be rather dry, except for the later abundant oil wells found there. ($3,500-5,500)

Sold. Hammer: $9,000.00; Price Realized: $10,575.00

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