First Edition of the First Printed Map of the Republic of Texas
First edition of Bradford's map of the Republic of Texas, the first printed map of the Republic.
The map identifies the early Land Grants in Texas, as well as important early roads. Grants named include: "Stephen F. Austins Grant," "Burnets Grant," "Dewitts Grant," "Zavalias Grant," etc. Other areas labeled include "Comanches Indians" and "Austins Colony."
Early features include "Mustang Wild Horse Desert" in south Texas; Nueces River as southwestern boundary with Mexico and land grants shown, instead of counties. In later editions, Texas extends south to the Nueces River and the cities of Houston and Austin are added, among other changes.
An essential map for Texas collectors, the first edition of the first reasonably obtainable separate map of the Republic of Texas.
Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1802-1887) was an American geographic publisher. He hailed from Bradford, Massachusetts and began his publishing career by working for the America Encyclopedia. Then, he edited and republished the Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgement of Universal Geography, Modern & Ancient, which had originally been offered in French by Adrian Balbi. In 1835, he published another atlas, A Comprehensive Atlas: Geographical, Historical & Commercial, and, in 1838, An Illustrated Atlas Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries. His interests were primarily in educational publishing and he was one of the first mapmakers to show Texas as an independent country.