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285.     [MAP]. COWPERTHWAIT & COMPANY. Map of Texas from the Most Recent Authorities. Philadelphia: Published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. [below lower neat line at left] Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., in the Clerk’s office of the District court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. [inset map at lower left, 9.2 x 11.6 cm] Texas North of Red River. Philadelphia, 1850. Lithograph map, original hand-coloring of some areas and ornamental borders in olive green. Border to border: 30.2 x 37.2 cm. Uniform moderate browning and a few minor light spots, overall very good, matted, wooden frame, and glazed.

     Yet another map of Texas harking back to the Mitchell-Young sequence of Texas beginning in 1835 (see Streeter 1178 et seq & 1629; also Items 374 and 375 herein). “The Cowperthwait name is attached to a confusing group of Philadelphia publishing companies. They often published the same works at different dates, and sometimes concurrently” (Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers, revised edition, Vol. I, p. 309). Flags and legends mark the site of the battles of San Jacinto and Alamo. A huge swath of land west of the original colonies is allocated to Bexar County. The lower Rio Grande Valley is labelled San Patricio County. Part of the Panhandle at the east is titled “Summer Range of the Comanche.” Many updates have been made and errors corrected. Yet, 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.


Sold. Hammer: $200.00; Price Realized: $240.00

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