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October 26, 2007

1872 Texas Almanac Map

124. [MAP]. RICHARDSON, W[illard]. Richardson’s New Map of the State of Texas Corrected for the Texas Almanac to 1872. [lower right] Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 18[??] by J. H. Colton & Co. in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York. [insets clockwise from upper left] Plan of the Northern Part or Panhandle of Texas (9.3 x 17 cm); Plan of Galveston Bay from the U.S. Coast Survey (8.3 x 7.3 cm); Plan of Sabine Lake (7.3 x 5 cm); Plan of Matagorda Bay (6 x 8.4 cm); Plan of the Great West (14.8 x 23 cm). New York, 1871.  Lithograph map on onion-skin paper, original full coloring, ornate vine border. Border to border:40.7 x 65 cm. Creased where formerly folded, small stain at left center, blank outer edges with age-toning and minor chipping, a few small losses at folds, two old tape repairs on verso, overall good, with excellent color retention. Printing flaw at upper left corner affecting border. Old pencil note re provenance and price at lower left: “8 F 28 . H Knopf 1.00.” All of the almanac maps are very difficult to locate.

             Basic Texas Books 172R (map not mentioned). Howes T138 (citing the Richardson series of almanacs, noting that some of the almanacs did not have maps, including 1872 almanac). Rader 3070 (citing the series). Not in Day (on pp. 67, 78, 85 citing maps available with the Texas almanacs for the years 1860, 1867, and 1871). Not in Phillips. See also: Taliaferro 322A, 322B (citing photostats of the 1859 and 1860 almanac maps). Winkler 3099 (noting that the new map cost 50 cents extra). The first issue of Richardson’s map appeared in the 1859 edition of the Texas Almanac, with the map dated 1859 and copyrighted 1858 (Winkler 1052).

            With a few exceptions, each year’s Almanac included an updated version of the map. This map shows a constantly expanding Texas, with numerous railroads, such as the proposed southern transcontinental railroad, and the eastern two-thirds of the state divided into counties. As is usual on these maps, roads, waterways, railroads, and towns are shown. Willard Richardson (1802-1875) came to Texas in 1837. After working as a teacher for nearly a decade, he became a newspaperman almost by chance, the career for which he is best known. His main achievements were the publication of his series of Texas almanacs and his guidance of the Galveston News from a small local paper to what shortly after his death became present-day Dallas Morning News. Handbook of Texas Online: Willard Richardson. ($2,500-5,000)

Sold. Hammer: $2,500.00; Price Realized: $2,937.50

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