PROVENANCE: Robert L. B. Tobin (acquired from John Howell Books, 1957; Sotheby's New York, 7 December 1999, lot 310)
Engraved pocket map (29 1/4 x 24 in.; 744 x 611 mm), engraved by John and William W. Warr, full contemporary handcoloring and light varnish. PROVENANCE: Robert L. B. Tobin (acquired from John Howell Books, 1957; Sotheby's New York, 7 December 1999, lot 310)
Handsomely framed and glazed with UVIII Plexiglass. Backed with linen, varnish exhibiting some craquelure.
Austin's map was based on his own researches and surveys and was published to encourage American emigration to the Mexican province of Texas—the 1830 first edition was copyrighted just a month before the Mexican congress voted to prohibit further immigration from the United States. Austin's Map of Texas was "the first map to achieve wide circulation and credibility, and it appeared on the scene in the U.S. at a time of growing public demand for information about the region. … He deserves recognition for his contribution to the cartography of Texas commensurate with that he has long received for his efforts in its colonization" (Martin). Like all editions, THE 1839 PRINTING OF AUSTIN'S MAP IS VERY RARE.
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