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    [Map]. Charles W. Pressler. Pressler's Map of the State of Texas. Compiled from the records of the General Land Office of the State and various other sources by Chas. W. Pressler. Galveston: Jones Root & Co., 1858. This is Pressler's original map of the State of Texas which he revised in 1862 (with the addition of Greer County, a small area located in the Indian Territory and claimed jointly by Texas and the United States). In 1867, he revised the map a second time and reissued it as the Traveller's Map of the State of Texas. Measuring 51.5" x 47.25", this beautifully hand-colored map of the State of Texas shows counties, the territories of Bexar and Young, and the locations of several colonies such as Peter's Colony and the Fisher-Miller Colony. Also shown are the locations of cities, towns, forts, rivers, roads, railroad lines, and the locations of several Indian tribes. Relief is shown in hachures. At lower left is an inset Map of the Original Land Districts with an additional inset Map of the Old Colonies at the upper left corner. Table of Counties at upper right. Portions of northern Mexico, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, and the Indian Territory are seen. Small vignette of the Capitol in Austin at the lower right edge. Rebacked in green buckram, retaining the publisher's green, blind-embossed cloth-covered boards, with gilt titles on the front cover. Separation along most of the folds has been expertly repaired on the verso. Small .5" tear at lower right corner. Edges are chipped in places. Scattered spots of foxing are also present, but do not deter from the overall beauty of this uncommon map. To our knowledge, this is the first map of its kind to be offered at auction.

    A native of Prussia, Karl Wilhelm "Charles" Pressler (1823-1907) studied cartography and surveying in Weisensee before joining the Adelsverein and immigrating to Texas in 1846. Almost immediately he began work for Jacob De Cordova, leading his surveying expeditions and assisting him on his well-known 1849 map of Texas. In 1850 he began work with the General Land Office, a post he would hold for 49 years, only interrupted by his time spent in the Confederate engineering department, during the Civil War. After the war, he returned to the General Land Office.

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