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Pub Year Map Maker Pub Place Map Title Map Price (USD) Picture
1848Mitchell, S. AugustusPhiladelphiaMap of Texas from the most recent authorities.$1,575 Picture

A lithograph with hand colored wash.

Size: 14.75 inches X 11.75 inches

Map Type: Atlas

This is a superior copy, very clean with strong lines and vivid colors.

Originally commissioned by Henry S. Tanner for his Universal Atlas in 1845, and engraved by C.S. Williams. Following Mitchell's acquisition of Tanners business in 1846, Mitchell leveraged his relationship with now famous map maker J.H. Young to create an entirely new map of Texas that would later be published by Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Co. (see our collection). In the interium, Mitchell continued to publish this C.S. Williams map, but replaced the old Tanner border with one of his own design. It appeared in the Universal Atlas until 1850.

The map depicts topographical information including towns, rivers, roads, and the site of "Fort Alamo" and the "Battle of San Jacinto 1836". A number of oversized Texas counties are displayed, including Robertson and Milam, which extend from central Texas to the Red River in the north.

The map denotes Comanche and Apache indian ranges and inaccurately describes the Llano Estacado as "fertile, well-wooded, with a fair proportion of water" as noted on John Arrowsmith's map of 1841.

Inset map "Texas north of Red River".

References: A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress, 797, Phillips, P.L, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1909; American Maps and Mapmakers, p270-271, Ristow, George, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1985

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