Auction 150, Lot 295

"Map of the United States and Texas, Designed to Accompany Smith's Geography for Schools", Burgess, Daniel

Subject: United States & Mexico

Period: 1839 (dated)

Publication: Smith's Geography for Schools

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.5 x 10.4 inches
44.5 x 26.4 cm

The Republic of Texas was a sovereign state in North America from 1836 to 1845. It was formed as a break-away republic from Mexico by the Texas Revolution. The nation claimed a large region that included all of the present state of Texas together with part of the former Mexican region of New Mexico (parts of present-day New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming). The eastern boundary with the United States was defined by the Adams-Onís Treaty between the United States and Spain, in 1819. Its southern and western-most boundary with Mexico was under dispute throughout the existence of the republic, with Texas claiming that the boundary was the Rio Grande, and Mexico claiming the Nueces River as the boundary.

This great school atlas map with early territorial borders in the West features the Independent Republic of Texas with Austin shown as the capital by a large star. Oregon Territory covers the northwest and extends well into Canada. The huge Indian Territory lies north of Texas and extends to the Missouri Territory, which in turn goes to the border with Canada. Iowa Territory is in a rare configuration, stretching from Missouri to the Canadian border and bounded east and west by the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The population is annotated for the states and Texas. The large inset at lower left is a detailed "Map of Mexico and Guatimala" and shows the Republic of Texas. Drawn and engraved by Stiles, Sherman & Smith.

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Condition: B+

A dark impression with original color, a few minor spots in the image, and a centerfold separation at bottom that just passes the neatline.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/17/2014

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