1875, "Map of Texas," Henry H. Hardesty

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"Map of Texas," Henry H. Hardesty, Chicago, 1875. (Image: 12 1/4" wide x 17 1/4" high). This large hand colored map was part of an 1875 historical and geographical atlas of the U.S. and Ohio. Hardesty was a successful entrepreneur who published a number of different atlases containing state histories, engraved plates of civil war scenes, portraits of military officers and local maps of townships and counties. The atlases also contained excellent copper plate engraved maps. He used an unusual and successful marketing technique. Hardesty printed a large number of atlases containing general data on the U.S. He would add printed sections on different states and counties, depending on what advance subscriptions could be sold. Subscribers could include commissioned family portraits, drawings of individual businesses, farms, homes and family history information. This map has a three line border. It is hand colored red, pink, yellow and green. This is a quality map: copper plate engraved on the very good paper. Some of the interesting sites: the Pan Handle bears the caption "Great Gypsum Belt," and "waters brackish and bitter"; Pecos River labeled Rio Picos; Ft. Martin Scott; Ft. Mason; Ft. McKavette; Ft. Territt (not Terrell); Old Ft. San Saba." The only railway lines in the state run from: Houston to Austin; Houston to Brenham and Booneville; Houston to Orange; Houston to Galveston; and Houston to Columbia in Brazoria County. This map is in excellent condition.



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