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    Samuel Augustus Mitchell: A New Map of Texas with the Contiguous American and Mexican States, 1837 by J. H. Young. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1837. Engraved map on onion-skin paper, brightly colored, 15.5" x 12.75". Scale: One inch = approximately 72 miles. First edition, third issue (with 1837 at end of title, copyright date 1835) of one of the earliest printed maps of Texas from the Republic era. Map is tipped in to the original boards, often referred to as the leather case, which measures 3" x 4.75". Embossed morocco with gilt-stamped title to front board. There are three neat closed tears along the folds, with no loss to the map. An outstanding copy of this important map. Very good.

    Texas is depicted divided into the various land grants parceled out by the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas and is smaller than the area claimed by the Republic after independence, with the Nueces River as the southern boundary. All territory north of the Red River is attached to "Santa Fe formerly New Mexico."

    Three text inserts are titled "Remarks on Texas," "Land Grants," and "Rivers of Texas," with statistics and information meant to inspire emigration to the region: "Texas is one of the finest stock countries in the world. Cattle are raised in great abundance, and with but little trouble. Many of the settlers count their herds by hundreds, and great numbers are annually purchased, and driven to New Orleans by drovers, who visit the country for that purpose. The population is estimated at near 45,000 Americans and 4 or 5,000 Mexicans. When the population shall be found to number 50,000, the people will endeavor to obtain a government separate from that of Cohahuila [sic], the establishment of a State legislature at San Felipe, and the right of electing their own representatives to the General Congress at Mexico."

    Reference: Streeter 1178B.

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