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A rare, detailed folding map of the United States by Joseph Edmund Woerl (also Wörl). Of particular note is the depiction of Texas as a republic, as well as interesting and impressive detail in what is today the western half of the United States, apparently based on Brué's 1833 map of North America and his 1834 map of Mexico. The map is quite up-to-date, showing, for instance, the new state of Arkansas (1836), though it is labeled as "Arkansas Terr." The remnant of the Arkansas Territory, essentially present-day Oklahoma, is also entitled Arkansas. Indians tribes, rivers, and some roads are indicated, and Woerl shows the Rocky Mountain ridge, which though not totally accurate, does give a good idea of its course and extent. To the west, between this ridge and the Pacific coastal lands, very little information is given, with a label indicating that this was "Oede Sand Wüste." Woerl does include the geographic error of the double Great Salt Lake, but he doesn't include the usual companion error of rivers running from these lakes to the Pacific. This separately issued map is quite scarce, though a later edition did appear within a guide by Traugott Bromme. $1,600
Sidney Hall. "Mexico." Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1840. 10 x 14 5/8. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition. Inset in lower left of "Guatimala." Phillips Atlases: 777.
A fascinating map of Mexico and the American southwest issued in Edinburgh in 1840. Topography, coastal information, and settlements are shown throughout, with particularly good detail given for Mexico and Texas, the latter of which is shown as a republic. Texas had declared its independence just a few years before this map was issued, and Sidney Hall tried to show the new situation with as good information as he had. The old Mexican internal borders are shown, but Texas is named and is indicated as extending well to the northwest, up towards Santa Fe as claimed by the Texans. The Great Salt Lake is shown, named as "L. Youta or Salt Lake," and on its eastern shore is indicated "American Fur Co.'s Depot." Throughout the region are indications of Indian tribes. Of special interest are the markings of roads and major trade routes, including the great road from Chihuahua north to Santa Fe and the "Gr't Spanish Road" from Natchez west along the Red River to Santa Fe. Overall, this is a fascinating and very up-to-date mapping of this region at an important period in its history. $475
Thomas G. Bradford. "Texas." From A Universal Illustrated Atlas. Boston: Charles D. Strong., -1842. 14 1/8 x 11 3/8. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Very good condition. With text on Texas as a republic.
In his Comprehensive Atlas of 1836, Boston mapmaker Thomas G. Bradford included the first map of Texas issued during the rebellion. When Bradford came out with his larger, more polished Illustrated Atlas in 1838, he also included a separate map of Texas as a republic. The geography of his depiction was based on Stephen Austin's map of 1835. The rendering includes rivers, hills, and other topographical features, as well as notes locating different Indian tribes. Bradford's map extends further west than Austin's, and he adds much interesting new information concerning Texas land grants and the many new settlements and early roads that reflected the burgeoning population of Texas. This edition of the map, from 1842, was updated to reflect the reorganization of the state, showing 31 counties, 13 grants, and two colonies. It is one of the best maps of Texas as an independent republic issued to the general public in the early days of independence. $2,800
S.D.U.K. "Central America II. Including Texas, California and the Northern States of Mexico." London: Chapman & Hall, October 15, 1842. 12 1/8 x 15 1/2. Engraving by J. & C. Walker. Very good condition. Wheat: 460.
A superior map of the American southwest, showing the northern parts of Mexico, 'Nueva California,' and Texas as an independent republic. This map was issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, a wonderful English institution of the mid-nineteenth century. Typical of their maps, copious and exact detail is shown. This includes orographical information, rivers, roads, towns, forts, lakes, and myriad comments on the topography or history of exploration in the region. The map is particularly interesting in its showing Texas as a republic, for it is one of the few available maps to do so with any detail. The republic is shown enlarged in the northwest part to include most of present-day New Mexico, extending beyond Santa Fe. A note of some interest is the "Supposed Petrified Forest" in the western part of the republic. The precise engraving and neat presentation make this map easy to read, something that is well worth pursuing. This is a fine example of the quite scarce first edition. $975
"North America." London: SDUK & Baldwin & Gradock, 1843. 15 18 x 12. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.
A detailed and cleanly drawn map of North America, showing Texas as an independent nation, issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. This map of the North American continent shows the United States extending to the Pacific coastline, with the border with Canada in the northwest left off because of the border dispute current at the time the map was issued. Of particular interest is Texas shown independent, just before it was annexed by the United States in 1844. An excellent example of the work of the SDUK. $275
Carl Flemming. "Vereinigte Staaten Von Nord-America." Glogau, Germany: C. Flemming, 1844. 12 x 16 1/8. Lithograph by C. Flemming. Original outline color. Some slight toning at edges. Overall, very good condition.
A map of the United States by Flemming, focusing on the the topography and political situation of the country, including Texas shown as a republic. The mountains and rivers in the northwest are shown quite graphically, and the northern part of the Great Basin is shown with a mistaken, double-image of the Great Salt Lake, and from the southern lake an equally non-existent river flows to the Pacific. The trans-Mississippi region shows mostly rivers, mountains and many Indian tribes A numbered key in the lower left is used to name the states and territories, and to give their areas and populations. An unusual feature of interest is the "Grosse National Strasse" (Great National Road) that is shown running from Washington D.C. to St. Louis. $525
"Mexico & Guatimala With Texas." Glasgow: J. Lothian, 1846. Engraving. Original outline color. External decorative border trimmed, but entire map present. Very good condition.
A rare Scottish map of the southern half of North America, showing Texas as an independent republic. An earlier version of this map did not reference Texas in the title but showed it as part of Mexico, despite its independence declared in 1836. Information was slow to cross the Atlantic, and European publishers were sometimes reluctant to make quick revisions. In 1846, Lothian issued a new edition of the map showing an independent Texas very clearly, with its enlarged border extending to the Rio Grande. Interestingly, however, by the time the map was published, Texas had become an American state, so Lothian was out-of-date once again. Still, this is one of the scarcer maps showing Texas as a Republic. $750
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