Auction 117, Lot 331

"Tunison's Texas and Indian Territory", Tunison, H. C.

Subject: Texas, Oklahoma

Period: 1887 (published)

Publication: Peerless Universal Atlas of the World

Color: Hand Color

13 x 19.5 inches
33 x 49.5 cm

In Tunison's style, this is a finely lithographed map with original bright coloring. By this period most mapmakers had adopted printed color rather than the more labor intensive hand coloring employed here. Tom Green County is shown in a large, early configuration, not yet divided into Sterling, Irion, and Coke. Good detail of railroads with all stops located and named. Decorated with a Victorian style border and title cartouche, which gives the population of Texas as 1,691,749. At lower left, the inset "The Western Part of Texas on Reduced Scale" shows the counties of El Paso, Presidio, Reeves, and part of Tom Greene and Pecos. The panhandle of Oklahoma is Public Lands. Indian Territory is clearly divided into about 20 different Indian lands. Green County, originally established in 1860, is here unnamed and still part of Texas. It was abolished and awarded to Indian Territory by a Supreme Court decision in 1896. Tunison's maps were printed on both sides; on the verso are single-page maps of Nebraska and Alabama.


Condition: A

Bright, strong coloring, dark impression, and full margins. A little scattered foxing in blank areas below map, still very good.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $350

Closed on 12/6/2006