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Auction 184, Lot 340

Rare Texas Promotional Newspaper with Maps

"Map of the State of Texas [in] Texas Products and Progress",

Subject: Texas

Period: 1878 (published)


Color: Black & White

11.4 x 11.7 inches
29 x 29.7 cm
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This map was issued as the centerfold to Volume 1, Number 4 of Texas Products and Progress. It shows a mostly organized state with the large El Paso, Tom Green and Presidio taking up the panhandle. The evolving railroad network is also depicted including the projected line of the Texas & Pacific Railroad. The 16-page newspaper includes two smaller maps in the issue: Map of the Ohio & Mississippi R.W. (4.8 x 6.0") and an untitled map showing "The Great St. Louis and Texas Short Line" (6.0 x 5.1"). The text includes a “City of Dallas Business Directory” at a time Dallas’ population was about 33,000. An “Apology” is affixed to the first page reading: “We feel it our duty to apologize for the many egregious errors that appear in this number of the PROGRESS, by saying that it was issued during the Editor’s absence, who cannot vouch for the condition of either proof reader or pressman.” The map also appears in Volume 1, Number 1 of this publication though both issues are quite rare. The scarcity of these issues is explained by the editor’s note in this issue that recent undelivered issues were due to the “rigid quarantine of the last two months when whole sacks of newspapers have been burned [the result of a yellow fever epidemic]." Includes a light stamp of “Henry H. Hannan Land and Emigration Agent.” Hannan was a prolific promoter of land in Texas and Arkansas who died the following year at the age of 35 after being thrown from a horse.


Condition: A+

Remarkably clean and bright.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/15/2021