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Auction 181, Lot 282

Republic of Texas with Land Grants

"Texas. In 1836", Kemble, W.

Subject: Texas

Period: 1846 (published)

Publication: History of the Discovery and Settlement of the Valley of the Mississippi

Color: Hand Color

9.3 x 8.3 inches
23.6 x 21.1 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 delicately engraved map of the Republic of Texas displays an uncertain western border, similar to Bradford's important map of 1835. It shows the early Texas colonies and Mexican empresario land grants, including: John Cameron's Grant, Felisola's Grant, Burnet's Grant, Beale's Grant, Beale and Grant's Grant, McMullins & McGloine's Grant, De Leon's Grant, Power's Grant, Vhelin's Grant, Zavalla's Grant, Dewitt's Grant, and Austin & Williams Grant with Stephen H. Austin's Grant inside of it. The map is filled with other early details including roads, topography, and much more. Notations include Comanche Indians, Elevated Prairies, Droves of Wild Cattle & Horses, and Immense Level Prairies. The map was originally included in John Monette's book of 1846 and is an early publication by Harper & Brothers. This lot includes the title page from Monette's book.


Condition: A

There are a few spots of foxing, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 2/10/2021