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    Kosse & Scott Map of the City of Houston and Environs according to the records and the oldest and latest Survey's compiled and drawn by Th. Kosse, with advising assistance of Mess. Will. Powars, Geo. H. Bringhurst, W. R. Baker & others. A.D. 1867. This rare pocket map of burgeoning Houston, Texas, measuring 35" x 50" folding into 4.5" x 6.25", is inscribed in the front pastedown by surveyor George Hunter Bringhurst, "G. H. Bringhurst/ Houston/ Texas/ 1867", who owned this copy. "Theo. Kosse/ Civil Engineer" and "Hu T. Scott, Real Estate, Broker" appear in large print above the map title. (Fifty-five-year-old Theodore Kosse, who had lived in Houston since 1846, was an engineer for the Houston and Texas Central Railway.)

    This map divides Houston, which had a population near 8,000 in 1867, into five wards (Houston abandoned the ward system around 1900.) Each ward is further divided into numbered lots, each brightly hand-colored pink or green. Labeled are the city's bayous (Buffalo and White Oak), four railroads (Texas & New Orleans; Houston & Texas Central; Galveston, Houston & Henderson; Houston & Brazoria Tap), and streets (Congress Street and Main Street intersect in the center). Beyond the city lots are larger tracts of land identified by their owners (E. A. Stearns, R. Wilson, R. Sanders, Heirs of Shelby Smith, etc.).

    Inside the maps decorative borders are steel engravings of individuals and structures important to post-Civil War Houston: along the left margin are the engravings of A. C. Allen, T. M. Bagby, J. S. Holeman, and F. R. Lubbock; along the right margin are the engravings of Sam L. Allen, W. R. Baker, T. W. House, W. J. Hutchins; along the lower margin are engravings of the Wm. J. Hutchins residence, Hutchins Corner, Houston Academy, Christs Episcopal Church, Perkins Corner, E. H. Cushing's Residence; along the upper margin are engravings of various other structures (the Morris Building, Old Capital, Court House, and the corner of Main and Commerce St.). Centered along the top margin is an engraving of the city's namesake, Sam Houston. In the lower right corner under "References" are the locations of major Houston churches, synagogues, homes (Fannin, Rusk, etc.), the "Fire Enginehouse", "Freedmans Church & School", "Houston Cotton Compress", "Perkins Hall & Theater", and cemeteries (Catholic, Hebrew, "City", Masonic, and Episcopal). This rare and highly decorative map is housed in the original boards as issued with gold embossed title ("Kosse & Scott Map of the City of Houston and Environs Texas.") Separations occur at some fold intersections, with occasional minor paper loss thereat. Some foxing and light toning are apparent. Fairly fragile, but still in good condition.

    References: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Kosse, Texas"; Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Andrew Jackson Burke"; The Miscellaneous Documents Printed by Order of the House of Representatives (Oxford University, 1872).

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