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An Exceptional Wall Map of Galveston. The Only Known Copy.

The only known copy of Hensoldt & Buttlar's massive six-sheet hand-colored lithographed wall map of Galveston, Texas.

The map is replete with advertisements for local businesses, reflecting the booming economy of Galveston in the post-Civil War period.  Galveston was the main port for Texas immediately following the Civil War, and so, unlike most Southern cities, it prospered in the last decades of the 19th century. Cotton, in particular, flowed out of the city to markets in the East.

The city is divided by ward, with printed color (blue, yellow, red, and orange) with a total of 12 wards shown. 

The upper right corner includes four vignettes; Post Office Building; Galveston Cotton Exchange; St. Mary's Cathedral; G., C. & S.F. R'y. Building.

No other copy recorded in Taliaferro, Cartographic Sources; OCLC; RBH; nor general Google searches.

Provenance:

Dickinson, Texas surveyor, by whom acquired from another surveyor.

Condition Description
Six-sheet wall map, expertly conserved. Backed with archival paper. Stabilized losses at the left and right edges near the horizontal centerline. Some other minor losses elsewhere with minimal manuscript-facsimile reinstatement.