1846 General Stephen F. Austins Map of Texas Republic POSTER 50626

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This Auction is for a            
LARGE (see dimensions below) unframed            
of an Antique Map as detailed  below.      
This map is reproduced on 35 lb heavyweight coated paper for sharper print quality and colors that are vivid.      
Approximate Image Size16.5 X 22 inches DescriptionGeneral Stephen F. Austins Map of Texas... 1846
Exceedingly rare 1846 edition of Stephen F. Austin's iconic map, the final edition to contain geographical revisions and the "most complete" state of Austin's legendary map.
Austin’s "Map of Texas" occupies an important place in American (and Texan) history and the progress of westward expansion. As the first broadly accurate map of Texas to be published, it represents a monumental scientific achievement. First issued prior to Texan Independence, it is generally regarded as the single most important map in Texas history.
A carefully devised and beautifully engraved composition, Austin's map gained tremendous commercial success and influence and defined the geographic conception of Texas through the epic period of the Lone Star Republic. The product of the enterprising mind and tireless efforts of the founder of modern Texas, Austin's map proved to be a brilliant rhetorical device promoting Anglo-American settlement, and the cause of Texan independence. 
Austin's map is widely regarded as one of the most authoritative and richly detailed primary documents recording the history of Texas. While Austin’s map appeared in several progressively updated editions, the map was very popular and often heavily used, such that all editions of the map are now extremely rare and prized.
Austin's map embraces the developed expanse of Texas, first published prior to its independence from Mexico.  As Austin intended the map to showcase Texas to new settlers, the landscape is shown to be as inviting as possible.  In early editions, the various colonial grants, finely distinguished by different colors, expand along courses of the rivers and the Gulf Coast, while thriving towns are connected by a burgeoning network of roads. The progress of modern development is shown to march across the Texan plains. To the east and west, beyond the realm of the settlement, there extends an exotic country of ‘Wild Horses and Cattle’ and the domains of the fearsome Comanche nation.  Over the course of the various states of the map, Texas evolves from the earliest Colonies and Grants to its condition at the time of its admission to the United States
from Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps

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