Auction 162, Lot 303

"[Lot of 3] Johnson's New Map of the State of Texas [and] County Map of Texas [and] Gray's New Map of Texas and the Indian Territory",

Subject: Texas

Period: 1861-75 (circa)

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Color: Hand Color

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A. Johnson's New Map of the State of Texas, by Johnson and Ward, circa 1861 (24.7 x 16.8"). This large, handsome map shows county development mostly in eastern Texas and only the three large western counties of El Paso, Presidio, and Bexar in the west. The panhandle, noted as the El Llano Estacado or The Staked Plain (Elevated Table Land, without Wood or Water), includes a large section that is unorganized. Nice depiction of the wagon roads, many named, with several completed railroads including the Houston & Guaymas R.R. Insets include Plan of Sabine Lake, Plan of the Northern Part of Texas, and Plan of Galveston Bay. Surrounded by a decorative scrollwork border. Condition: Light toning that is more prominent in the blank margins with minor foxing. (B+)

B. County Map of Texas, by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, dated 1868 (13.5 x 10.9"). One of the most attractive maps of the state of Texas, inset with a map of Galveston Bay, and Vicinity. West Texas is made up of Young Territory, Bexar Territory, El Paso and Presidio counties, and clearly shows the Llano Estacado or Staked Plain with a notation about the region being "destitu[t]e of both wood and water." Erath County is mistakenly identified as "Earth" County. The map shows trails, roads, a limited railroad system that extends only into Brennam, and proposed railroads indicated by dashed lines. The map is surrounded by a fine floral border. County development is up-to-date for 1864 as Dawson County, abolished in 1866, is included. Condition: Clean and bright in the image with minor soiling in the blank margins. (A)

C. Gray's New Map of Texas and the Indian Territory, by Frank A. Gray, dated 1875 (15.3 x 23.2"). This terrific double-page map is filled with detail. It is the vertically oriented edition not to be confused with the horizontal edition from Gray's National Atlas. The state's rapid development is evident with only Young and Bexar Territories remaining unorganized. Wegefarth County, shown in Young Territory, was established in 1873 and abolished in 1876 by the legislature when they established the other Panhandle counties. Many railroads abruptly end between cities as the cartographer endeavored to show the exact progress to date. Details include numerous railroads, cities, towns, forts, and springs. Insets depict the Western Part of Texas, Austin, and Galveston. In Indian Territory the Public Lands are limited to the western panhandle. Condition: Just a few minor spots, otherwise fine. (A)

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Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $325

Closed on 4/26/2017

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