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Pub Year Map Maker Pub Place Map Title Map Price (USD) Picture
1856Colton, J. H.PhiladelphiaNew Map of the State of Texas$1,050 Picture

A lithographed map, with hand colored wash.

Size: 16 inches X 25 inches; Scale: 1 inch = approximately 38 miles.

Map Type: Atlas

This is a superior copy, extremely clean with vivid colors.

This first state of the large detailed double plate map of Texas is missing the intricate border that Colton was so well known for. It is colored by counties. Created just before the civil war, this map is based upon Jacob De Cordova's map assembled from Texas Land Office records. Illustrates many early roads, towns, forts, proposed rail lines, and other important places. Most of the development is in the eastern part of the state. A number of new counties were created in 1858 on the western Texas frontier. Noted on the map is "El Llano Estacado" or The Staked Plain. Also noted as "Elevated Table Land without Wood or Water" in direct conflict with John Arrowsmith's observations of this area of the state. Other features illustrated springs, passes, trading posts, and forts.

Taken from Colton's General Atlas, a popular publication reissued in revised editions until 1888. The atlas was one of the finest and most accurate of the period.

Inset maps include the Northern Part of Texas, Galveston Bay, and Sabine Lake.

References: A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress, #827, Phillips, P.L, Government Printing Office, Washington; American Maps and Mapmakers, page 324, Ristow, George, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1985

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