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1838Bradford, Thomas GamalielBostonTexas$4,750 Picture

An engraved map, with hand colored wash.

Size: 14.5 inches X 11.2 inches; Scale: 1 inch = approximately 42 miles.

Map Type: Atlas

This is a superior copy, very clean with vivid colors. Archivally framed in a 1-3/4" Burl frame with silver rope bead. Outside dimensions 24-1/2 inches X 21-1/2 inches.

T.G. Bradford served as an assistant editor of the America Encyclopedia before entering the field of atlas publishing with his first work published in 1835. G.W. Boynton, the engraver of this map, operated an engraving shop in Boston between 1830 and 1845.

With the financial success of his 1835 A Comprehensive Atlas . . ., Bradford was able to update his maps, enlarge them and add a descriptive text to each. For map hungry Americans, these were attractive features to those interested in migrating during the burgeoning western expansion of the United States.

This map is from the 1st edition of An Illustrated Atlas. . ., considered by most to be Bradford's best atlas, far superior to the smaller and more crudely drawn 1835 Comprehensive Atlas. Bradford was the first maker of atlases to include a separate map for Texas.

This early map of Texas displays the location of each Grant and Colony, along with the rivers, creeks, mountains, and other topographical features. The towns of San Antonio de Bexar, Goliad, Bastrop, Houston, Harrisburg, and San Felipe de Austin are all illustrated. The location of the Towash and Waco Indian villages are also noted.

The southern border with Mexico is illustrated as ending at the Nueces River.

Taken from An Illustrated Atlas, Geographical, Statistical, And Historical, Of The United States And The Adjacent Countries.

References: A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress, 1381, Phillips, P.L, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1909; Rumsey List No. 0089; American Maps and Mapmakers, p270-271, Ristow, George, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1985

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