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    [Map]. Charles W. Pressler. Traveller's Map of the State of Texas. Compiled, from the records of the General Land Office, the maps of the Coast Survey, the reports of the Boundary Commission and various other Military surveys and reconnoissances [sic]. New York: American Photo-Lithographic Company, 1867. Measuring 40.25" x 41.5", this vibrantly hand-colored map of Texas shows counties in addition to the territories of Presidio, Bexar, El Paso, and Young (located in West Texas), cities, towns, forts, rivers, post offices, roads, and the locations of several Indian tribes. Insets of the "Western Part of Texas" and "Northern Part of Texas" are featured along the bottom edge. Portions of northern Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, and the Indian Territory are also shown. This map is a second revision of Pressler's Map of the State of Texas published by James Root & Company in 1858.

    Bound in boards of brown cloth bearing titles in gilt and blindstamping. The front board is detached, but present, and the spine covering is missing. The usual folds are seen. The main horizontal fold shows some adhesive ghosting from the verso, with additional ghosting at the left edge where it has been pasted down to the rear board. Scattered foxing.

    A native of Prussia, Charles Pressler 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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