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Rare Broadside Map of Bexar County 1889

From the Printing Establishment of Sam Maverick, Jr.

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332.     [MAP]. MAVERICK PRINTING HOUSE (printer) & John H. Traynham (publisher). Map of Bexar County, Texas. General Land Office, Austin, Texas, April 6th, 1889. I, R.M. Hall, Commissioner of the General Land Office, hereby certify that the above map is a true and correct copy of the map of Bexar County, compiled from official data…. Maverick Printing House, San Antonio. [map surrounded by letterpress text commencing at top] Any person desiring can procure free one of these official maps of Bexar Co., Texas, by calling upon or addressing any advertiser hereon. Published by John H. Traynham, Austin, Texas. [San Antonio, 1889]. Broadside with lithograph map, letterpress, and woodcuts. Overall sheet size: 57.5 x 45.2 cm. Map (border to border): 30.1 x 30.1 cm. Professionally backed and conserved, creased where formerly folded, residue from old tape repairs on verso, splits into text consolidated by backing, a few small voids (no appreciable losses, and one small piece of map supplied in facsimile), overall very good. Rare and ephemeral. We find no copies elsewhere, including searches of the DRT Library at the Alamo and the General Land Office of Texas.

     First edition. As the text on the map indicates, the map was from an official map in the General Land Office, probably from the lithograph version from the John D. Rullmann survey (Day, Maps of Texas, pp. 105-106). A piece of boosterism for San Antonio and the surrounding county, this broadside is rich in local business information. Prominently featured is Traynham’s own ad on the left side advertising his services as a map dealer and expert on Texas emigration, although the book he advertises, All about Texas, which he says is “my Emigration Guide and Hand-Book,” was actually by John F. Elliott (Austin: J.H. Traynham, 1888). Printer Samuel Maverick, Jr’s ad appears at the upper right where he promises “quick work, low prices.” Other ads include Menger Hotel and Dr. H. Diener’s Sanitarium where the latest in baths and galvanic cures may be had. Other necessary businesses for a growing community include fire insurance, real estate, Lambert’s Ideal clothing stores (where one may also get broken umbrellas repaired), Texas Business College in Austin, and Lone Star Brewing (“Brewers of the Celebrated ‘Pilsener’… A Texas Institution”)—the last appropriately placed right next to the ad for the Alamo Ice Factory, also run by Sam Maverick, Jr. Lambert and real estate agent Peter G. Rucker have their portraits included, and Dr. Diener’s ad is graced with an image of his contraption.

     Maverick’s Printing and Lithographer was established by Samuel Maverick, Jr. (1837-1936), soldier and businessman, son of legendary Samuel Augustus and Mary Ann (Adams) Maverick. After serving in the Civil War, he returned to San Antonio. See Item 129 herein for his unpublished Civil War account of service with Terry’s Texas Rangers. See Handbook of Texas Online.


Sold. Hammer: $1,800.00; Price Realized: $2,160.00

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