Auction 140, Lot 306

"Texas Compiled from the Latest and Best Authorities", Greenleaf, Jeremiah

Subject: Texas

Period: 1842 (published)

Publication: A New Universal Atlas

Color: Hand Color

13 x 10.8 inches
33 x 27.4 cm

This scarce and attractive engraving features an independent Republic of Texas. The map is based upon Burr’s map of 1833, which was the first to show the territorial claims that would eventually become the Republic. Greenleaf's map depicts conservative boundaries, with the boundary between Texas and Mexico along the Nueces River instead of the Rio Grande, and the northern boundary along the Red River rather than the Arkansas River. Although this map does not extend to include the panhandle, it is one of the earliest to delineate Texas counties rather than the empressario grants. Counties are up to date for 1838, with the newly organized Fannin and Galveston, but just prior to the organization of Harrison. Development is confined to areas to the east of San Antonio and Austin, with the areas to the west void of detail except for the river system and the locations of a few Indian tribes. Portions of Indian Territory, Arkansas and Louisiana are also shown.

References: Phillips #784; Rumsey #4850.064; Day #1404.

Condition: A

There are a few small, faint spots in the image, else fine.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 5/23/2012