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Pub Year Map Maker Pub Place Map Title Map Price (USD) Picture
1855Colton, J. H.New YorkTexas$600 Picture

A lithograph with hand colored wash.

Size: 12.5 inches X 16 inches

Map Type: Atlas

This is an excellent example with vibrant colors and very light age toning.

This a rare map from the single volume first issue of Colton's Atlas of the World, Illustrating Physical and Political Geography published in 1855. This is the first map of Texas ever published by the prolific publisher.

Additional frontier forts noted in this map includes the westernmost fort, Fort Leaton. The location of the historical San Saba Mission also appears.

Colton rebuked Arrowsmith's comment about the Llano Estacado by placing this statement on his map at the bottom of the Texas panhandle; "From the head waters of the Red, Brazos and Colorado Rivers to the Rio Pecos is a desolate and sterile plain...without water or timber and with a scanty vegetation".

Inset maps "Plan of Galveston Bay" and "Plan of Sabine Lake".

References: A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress, 816, Phillips, P.L, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1909; American Maps and Mapmakers, p324, Ristow, George, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1985 Citations: 1 Handbook of Texas Online, s.v.

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