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

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"Map of Western Texas," Henry H. Hardesty, Chicago, 1883. (Image: 12 3/4" wide x 19 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 right 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: Dockum's Ranch in Crosby County; Pepper’s Ranch in Kent County; Castle Gap, Pena Blanco and Seven Springs Military Sub. Posts; Fort Bliss and Maggoftinsville near El Paso; Texas and Pacific Railroad; and Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad. This map is in excellent condition and is one of four similar maps published by Hardesty in 1883.


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