Auction 126, Lot 341

"Texas d'apres la Carte Publiee par J.H. Colton", Lemercier

Subject: Texas

Period: 1854 (published)

Publication: Au Texas…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14 x 11.2 inches
35.6 x 28.4 cm

From the rare volume by Victor Considerant, a utopian socialist who founded a communist colony in Texas in 1855. Considerant was a member of the Fourier Movement of Lyon, France which established several communist colonies in the United States during the 1800's. His contribution was the founding of the La Reunion colony where he intended to prove the workability of communism. The colony was short-lived and it was incorporated into the emerging city of Dallas around 1860. The map provides good detail of early towns and villages, watershed, proposed railroads, etc. Curiously the colony is not shown on the map. A significant amount of Indian Territory is shown. Engraved by F. Delamare. A rare issue.

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Condition: B+

Issued folding, now pressed. With light red hand coloring outlining the state, otherwise uncolored. With several fold splits and a binding trim tear closed on verso with archival tape. A slight amount of loss near one fold intersection.

Estimate: $400 - $600

Sold for: $210

Closed on 12/3/2008

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