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“Actually more rare than De Cordova’s map” (Taliaferro)

[MAP]. EPPINGER, J. & F.C. Baker. Map of Texas Compiled from Surveys Recorded in the General Land Office. By J. Eppinger & F.C. Baker. 1852. [below lower border] Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1852 by Sherman & Smith in the Clerks Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York. [inset map at lower right] Map of New Mexico, California, and Utah. New York, 1852. Lithograph map of the State of Texas, on banknote paper, original full hand coloring; neat line to neat line: 76 x 61 cm; sheet size 78 x 63 cm; folded into original 16mo brown cloth folder (14 x 9.5 cm), stamped in gilt and blind with gilt lettering; scale: 1 inch = approximately 20 miles. A fine copy with excellent bright, original color, and the oft-missing pocket covers. A few light stains and small voids. Rare large-format pocket map of Texas. The last copy recorded by American Book Prices Current was sold by our firm in 2001. records no sales in the market from 1982 to present.

First edition, second printing. This map first came out in 1851 and was published again in 1852 with only the date changed. OCLC locates five copies of the 1851 copy and four copies of the 1852 edition. This important map was one of the first Texas maps after De Cordova based on information compiled by the General Land Office of Texas. Day, p. 56, #1512; first printing is 1851, #940: “The map shows Texas and parts of Indian Territory, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mexico, and denotes counties, towns, roads, rivers, creeks, lakes, mountains, forts, location of Indian tribes, Indian villages, Chickasaw Depot, forested area, places and dates of battles of Mexican War.” Phillips, America p. 844 (1851 printing). Taliaferro 304 (photostat): “Following the format established by Stephen F. Austin’s map of 1830, this map shows Texas east of approximately the 101st meridian.”

This map is actually more rare than De Cordova’s map. The inset map entitled Map of New Mexico, California, and Utah shows the Transmississippi West from approximately the 101st meridian (not in Wheat). The map retains the original pocket covers in which the publisher issued it. Buyers of the original map could usually order the map in sheet form or folded into pocket covers made of cloth, leather, or paper. The covers protected the map, particularly when the buyer was using it during the rigors of travel. The presence of the original pocket covers adds to the value of the map. 


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