Rare second edition of Meyer's map of Texas and the Southwestern US,with subsantial updates and revisions.
The Meyer-Radefeld map is based upon Emory's seminal 1844 map of Texas, the prime US Government mapping of Texas during its period as a Republic. The first edition of Meyer's map shows a massive Texas, extending to Wyoming in the North, the Rio Grande in the West and the Red River and Mississippi River in the West. A link to an image of the first edition is below:
This rare second edition, issued circa 1850, is significantly revised throughout the map. This second edition shows the boundaries of the US after the conclusion of the Mexican War and prior to the Gadsden Purchase. Utah and New Mexico Territories have now been created. Indian Territory is named. There is significantly more detail in the map throughout, but most notably in Northern Colorado, Indian Territory, Utah and New Mexico. In Texas, a number of new road are shown, with many new place names thoughout, most notably on the Upper Trinity River and tributaries and around Fort Houston. Near Dallas, Tarrant is named for the first time. A curious annotation on the Red River notes Kentucky Ansiedlungen (Settlements). In Indian Territory, a number of new place names are shown and the Kansas River and its tributaries are better defined. Significant updates in the Rock Mountains and Colorado.
This second edition of the map is very rare. While we have seen more than 10 examples of the first edition, we have never seen this second edition.
Joseph Meyer (1796-1856) was a German publisher who released Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, a German-language encyclopedia in print from 1839 to 1984. Meyer was born in Gotha and educated as a merchant in Frankfurt, an important city in the book trade. He traveled in London in 1816 and was back in German in 1820, where he began to invest in textiles and railways. He opened his publishing operation, Bibliographisches Institut, in 1826. His publications each had a serial number, a new innovation at the time. He was best known for his atlases and the Meyers Universum (1833-1861), which featured steel-engravings of the world. The Universum stretched to 17 volumes in 12 languages and was subscribed to by 80,000 people all over Europe. Thanks to his publishing success, Meyer moved the Institut from Gotha to Hildburghausen in 1828. Meyer died in the latter city in 1856.