1855, "Map of the State of Texas," S. Augustus Mitchell, Sr.

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"Map of the State of Texas," 1855  Engraved by J.H. Young. Published by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Sr. (Image: 10-5/8" wide x 8-1/4" high on 11-1/4" x 8-7/8" page). The Mitchell family was very active and well respected in American cartographic publishing, first, through the family patriarch, Samuel Augustus Mitchell, and later through his son, S.A. Mitchell, Jr.   S. Augustus acquired the rights to Finley’s American Atlas in 1831 and began issuing his own maps in the same year. S.A. Mitchell, Jr. succeeded his father in 1860. This small map was part of a school geography. It is dated 1852 in the lower left margin and has attractive yellow and pink hand coloring. It shows the meandering national mail route from Sherman to Gainesville to Fort Belknap to Ft. Phantom Hill (Shackleford County) to Ft. Chadbourne (Runnels County) through "Comanche and Lipans" and then north and west through New Mexico to El Paso. The inset of the Pan Handle shows the road from Santa Fe to Fort Smith, Arkansas. This great map locates over a dozen western forts. Excellent condition.


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