1883, "Map of Northwest Texas and Pan Handle," H. Hardesty

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"Map of Northwest Texas and Pan Handle," Henry H. Hardesty, Chicago, 1883. (Image: 10" wide x 12 3/4" high). Hardesty was a publisher and promoter published a number of different atlases containing state histories, engraved plates of civil war scenes, portraits of military officers, local maps of townships and counties and excellent copper 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 an ornamental border and is titled in the top margin. It is pink, yellow, orange and green. This is a very high quality map: copper plate engraved on the very best paper. Some of the interesting sites: Buzzard Peak; Greer County with the notation "Boundary Claimed by the State of Texas"; Springer Ranch, Doakum’s Ranch; California Ranch; Prairie Dog Town Fork of Red River; Doan’s Ranch, Fort Elliott and Butler’s Spring. This map is in excellent condition but it has pin holes in the left border (well outside the image) where it was bound into the atlas. The map is one of four similar maps published by Hardesty in 1883.


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