First Map To Name Dallas
Nice example of first edition of Smith's New Guide for Travelers Through The United State of America, which includes this decorative map of the United States, including the first appearance of the city of Dallas, Texas on a printed map.
J. Calvin Smith produced some of the best travel guides and maps of the mid-nineteenth century. The guide book contains extensive information for the use of travelers and emigrants during this period of great westward expansion.
The map is beautifully engraved with vignettes of Native Americans, a harbor, trains, Niagara Falls and a decorative border. The map shows the eastern United States to beyond the Mississippi River to include Nebraska Territory, Western Territory (Oklahoma) and eastern Texas. The emphasis is on the transportation network, the routes of which are prominently displayed with the distances between points noted. There are several small insets showing important railroad routes, as well as a large inset, "Map of Oregon, Northern California, Santa Fe &c," in which the region labeled Santa Fe is included in the Texas panhandle.
The 1846 edition of the map is scarce on the market and highly sought after by Dallas collectors.