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    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. New York: American Photo-Lithographic Company, 1867. Originally bound in a case of brown, blind and gilt stamped cloth over boards, the map is now detached, but still held securely in the casing when closed. Measuring 39.5" x 42", this beautifully hand colored map of Texas shows counties and the territories of Presidio, Bexar, El Paso, and Young, 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 also shown. This map is a second revision of "Pressler's Map of the State of Texas" published by James Root & Company in 1858. Folds with only slight toning. Else a very fine example rarely seen.

    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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