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Early Texas Map After Annexation

Rare late edition of Bradford's large map of Texas, shortly after annexation.

In 1835, Bradford issued a small map of the Texas shortly before it became a Republic. In 1838, Bradford issued his Illustrated Atlas, a much larger and more lavish production, which included the present map. It includes all of the empresario land grants and colonies, as well as the early county configurations. The map is updated to include many of the new towns and place names in the growing Republic, as well as many early roads and other features.

This 1841 edition of Bradford's map is first to show a mix of Empresario Land Grants and Counties in the Republic of Texas.


This 1846 edition is rare on the market.  This is the first example we have offered for sale in more than 20 years.

Thomas Gamaliel Bradford Biography

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.