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    With the exceedingly rare Map of Texas

    Arthur Ikin: Texas: Its History, Topography, Agriculture, Commerce, and General Statistics. To Which is Added, A Copy of the Treaty of Commerce Entered into by the Republic of Texas and Great Britain. Designed for the Use of the British Merchant, and as a Guide to Emigrants. By Arthur Ikin, Texian Consul. (London: Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, 1841). First edition. Twelvemo (5.5" x 3.25"). 100 pages. Illustrated with the very rare Map of Texas [London, 1841]. Lithographed map, boundary colored. Lower left: Drawn by A. Ikin. Lower center: Sherwood & Co., Paternoster Row. Lower right: J. & C. Walker Litho.

    This is an excellent assembly of the information a prospective emigrant from Great Britain would like to have about Texas. Ikin came to Texas in January, 1841, as a bearer of two of the three treaties between England and Texas, signed in November, 1840. While in Texas Arthur Ikin and his Father, Jonathan, had been named as two of the incorporators of the Texas Trading, Mining, and Emigrating Company in an act passed by the Fifth Congress of Texas on January 30, 1841. Also about this time the elder Ikin had been given by the Texas Congress an extension of time to introduce emigrants to Texas under an earlier act of Congress. During his short stay in Texas, Arthur Ikin was appointed consul of Texas at London but did not formally serve as consul. The map shows the southwestern boundary at the Rio Grande extending south to the edge of the map, but with the note: The boundary here runs to a point in the Lat 42°. Texas includes Santa Fe and Taos. The northern border is the Arkansas River, right above which the British cartographer has placed Oregon Terr. The Cross Timbers is indicated by a swath of trees, and roads are labeled U.S. Traders Road and Old Spanish Road. Phillips, America, Page 843.

    Original brown cloth, lettered in gilt on the front. Stain to front board, binding otherwise a bit rubbed. Map and first blank leaf loose. Map with four inch split along one fold, and a three inch split along another fold, else a very good, handsome copy. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter Texas 1384. Fifty Texas Rarities 23. Howes 16.

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    December, 2007
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