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October 26, 2007

Another Elusive Texas Almanac Map-With an Emphasis on Railroads-1858

156. [MAP]. YOUNG, J[ames] H[amilton]. Map of the State of Texas from the Latest Authorities, by J. H. Young. Published by Charles Desilver Philadelphia. Scale 1 – 3,400,000 1858 Eng. by J. L. Hazzard [below neat line] Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1856 by Charles Desilver in the Clerk’s office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania | Charles Desilver Publisher 714 Chesbut St. Philadelphia. | Published Expressly for the Texas Almanac [inset map at upper left] Northern Texas on the Same Scale as the Larger Map [inset at lower left] Map of Galveston Bay from the Coast Survey [above title] Railroads, etc., in Texas.... [Philadelphia, 1858]. Lithograph map with original hand coloring, ornate border, border to border: 32.5 x 39.5 cm. Professionally conserved, laid down on archival tissue. A few minor voids at old folds (now relaxed), moderately browned, some staining (mostly at upper right, color fairly faded.

            The roots of this Texas almanac map may be traced back to J. H. Young’s wonderful series of maps of the Republic of Texas which came out under the title of A New Map of Texas with the Contiguous American and Mexican States beginning in 1835 (Streeter 1178 lists eight editions published in the pre-Republic and Republic era). Day, p. 65. The present map was published to be purchased either separately or with the annual Texas Almanac for 1858. For more on the Texas Almanacs, see: Basic Texas Books 172 (remarking of the 1858 almanac: “A few copies are known with a folding map of Texas by J. H. Young”). Howes T138. Raines, p. 174. These almanac maps are difficlt to locate, especially the pre-Civil War maps. As might be expected, the emphasis of the map at this stage is on railroads, with symbols to indicate lines completed and those in progress, as well as text at right setting out the various lines. The population table at left includes a throwback to 1850, with the startling statistics of a mere 171 “free coloured males” and 160 “free coloured females” in Texas. According to the table, the total estimated population of the State in 1857 was 500,000. ($2,500-5,000)

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

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