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Scarce & Handsome Pocket Map of Texas by Colton in 1857

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284.     [MAP]. COLTON, J[oseph] H[utchins]. Texas Published by J.H. Colton & Co., No. 172 William St. New York 1857. [below neat line at left] Entered according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1855 by J.H. Colton & Co. in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York. [2 small insets at lower left] [1] Plan of Galveston Bay from the U.S. Coast Survey; [2] Plan of Sabine Lake. New York, 1857. Lithograph map on banknote paper, arabesque border, original full coloring of Texas, borders in bright rose, neat line to neat line: 28 x 34.5 cm; border to border: 32 x 38.5 cm; overall sheet size: 34.5 x 40.7 cm; insets: 9 x 7.3 cm (slightly irregular) & 7.6 x 4.6 cm. Folded into pocket covers (12.9 x 8.5 cm), original red embossed cloth, gilt-lettered on upper cover: Map of Texas J.H. Colton, maize pastedown with partial list of Colton publications entitled: Maps, Atlases, Guides, Books, Etc. Map expertly laid on archival tissue, occasional negligible losses at folds, and a few very light spots. Folder neatly restored, spine expertly repaired, cloth moderately stained. Overall folder good, map very good, with strong color. This is a difficult map to find, especially in fine condition

     This scarce pocket is a descendant of De Cordova’s great 1849 map of Texas (see Martin & Martin 39 and Item 287 herein); Colton purchased from De Cordova publication rights to his Texas map, and from 1856 onward Colton incorporated information from De Cordova’s map in his Texas maps. Routes delineated include emigrants’ route from Fort Mason to Mustang Prairie, two proposed Pacific Railroad routes (one through the Panhandle and the other through “Franklin,” i.e. El Paso), and Smith & Whiting’s Route (from Fort Clark to El Paso). Other trails and roads are shown such as “Presidio Roads” (i.e., Old Spanish Trail or King’s Highway). Located are forts, waterways, railroads, and “German Settlements” in southwestern Llano County. Counties are colored pink, yellow, and green. A huge Bexar County encompassing most of the Llano Estacado is uncolored and described as a “desolate and sterile plain…with a scanty vegetation.” Southeastern New Mexico is shown from the Rio Grande. Southern Indian Territory and the far western sections of Louisiana and Arkansas are also included.


Sold. Hammer: $1,400.00; Price Realized: $1,680.00

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