1883, "Map of Southern Texas," Henry H. Hardesty

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"Map of Southern Texas," Henry H. Hardesty, Chicago, 1883. (Image: 19 3/4" wide x 13 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. The Rio Grande River is labeled Rio Grande del Norte. Some interesting places: China Grove Plantation in Brazoria County; Caldwell’s Store in Bastrop County; Crane’s Mill in Comal County; Frio Water Hole in Bandera County; Fort McIntosh, Fort Duncan, Fort Clark with nearby San Felipe Military Sub. Post; Waugh’s Rancho; Kickapoo Spring; and Pedro Martinez Store in Duval County. This map is in excellent condition and is one of four similar maps published by Hardesty in 1883.


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