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A Rare and Very Handsome Map of the Republic of Texas

30. Jeremiah Greenleaf. “Texas Compiled from the latest and best Authorities” (Brattleboro, Vermont: G. R. French, 1842). Published in A New Universal Atlas. Copperplate engraving with bright, full, original hand color. 10 3/4 x12 3/4" at neat line. Sheet: 11 3/4 x 14 1/4". Gorgeous pristine condition.

Price: SOLD.

A highly sought-after map of Texas during the Republic period. Greenleaf’s map follows the famous Burr map of 1833, distinguished as the first large-scale map of Texas to show all of the vast territorial claims of what would subsequently become the Republic of Texas, including the panhandle and territory up to the Arkansas River. Indeed, the detailed depiction of the eastern half of the Republic stands in stark contrast to the dearth of information posted to the western and northern sections. The areas remain for the most part blank, with some conjectured details included. Clearly the map illustrates, as Martin and Martin have written, “the progress of settlement and the nearly total lack of information in the west, a region that was to remain primarily the domain of the Comanche and the coyote for another thirty years.” Counties and empresario grants are fully colored. Roads, trails (Santa Fe), forts (“Ft. Houston,” “Parker’s Fort”), rivers, and mountains are noted, as are the locations of various Indian tribes (“Apachees Faraones,” “Apachees Mescateros,” “Apachees Mescoleros”). Depicted also are parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mexico as well as a section of the Indian Territory. A superbly executed and rare map, historically strong in its delineation of an emerging Texas.

Refs.: Martin and Martin, plate 30, pp. 122–123 (Burr map), p. 133; Phillips, Atlases, 784.

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