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Johnson Map of Texas
"Johnson's New Map of the State of Texas." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862. 16 1/2 x 24 1/2. Lithograph. Full original hand color. Slight separations at centerfold, but very good condition.

A large and detailed map based on J. de Cordova's map of 1849, by way of Colton's map of 1855, and updated to show new information. A.J. Johnson, who published out of New York City, was one of the leading cartographic publishers in the latter half of the century, producing popular atlases, geographies and separate maps. This map is an nice example of Johnson's, and thus early American, cartography. It shows a prodigious amount of topographical and political information, including fascinating information on the roads and railroads which crisscrossed the state at this time. An inset of the pan handle, in the lower left, is flanked by insets of Sabine Lake and Galveston Bay. $400

Arbuckle Texas
"Texas." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1889. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Overall, very good condition.

A charming map of Texas issued in 1889 by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company. This firm was founded by John and Charles Arbuckle of Pittsburgh, PA. They developed a machine to weigh, fill, seal and label coffee in paper packages, which allowed them to become the largest importer and seller of coffee in the world. Their most famous promotional program involved the issuing of several series of small, colorful trading cards, one of which was included in every package of Arbuckle's Coffee. These series included cards with sports, food, historic scenes, and-one of the most popular-maps. The latter cards included not only a map, but also small illustrations "which portrays the peculiarities of the industry, scenery, etc." of the region depicted. This card of Texas includes a vignette scene of a cattle drive. $75

"Texas." Chicago: G.F. Cram & Co., 1889. 16 1/2 x 22 3/8. Cerograph. Original color. Very good condition.

A detailed map of Texas issued by the George Cram Company, an engraving and publishing firm from Chicago. In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of cartographic publishing was New York City, but in the 1880's this began to shift towards Chicago with the advent of the Rand, McNally and Cram firms. These firms were noted for their efficient output of precise maps filled with useful and up-to-date political and cultural information, and details on roads, towns, railroads, and so forth. This map is typical of the Cram output and it shows railroads, forts, springs, and much else precisely and clearly. $175

Maps from the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Gov't Printing Office, 1891-95. Lithographed by Julius Bien & Co.. With printed highlight color. Very good condition.

A series of highly detailed maps of Texas from the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records, about which Richard Stephenson has written, "This is the most detailed atlas yet published on the Civil War. It consists of reproductions of maps compiled by both Union and Confederate soldiers." [Stephenson, Civil War Maps, p 99.] The maps show many of the events, defenses, and campaigns of the Civil War with great detail, including topography, troop placements and movements, and other information of interest. These are the best near contemporary maps available of many of these battles, sieges, and other events of this conflict, based on both Union and Confederate sources. These maps were never published until they appeared in the Atlas.

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