Sale 610 Lot 38
* BRADFORD, Thomas Gamaliel (1802-1887). A Comprehensive Atlas Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston, New York, Philadelphia: William D. Ticknor, Wiley & Long, T. T. Ash, .
4to (334 x 260 mm). Hand-colored engraved frontispiece, engraved title, 76 engraved maps, diagrams and plans, most with hand-coloring in outline, double column text printed within borders. (A few leaves stained, one text leaf and map of Greece with small hole at center with associated losses, scant spotting.) Original sprinkled sheep, smooth spine gilt, brown morocco lettering-piece gilt (some overall wear, some minor chipping to spine ends, hinges starting).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of "one of the first American general atlases to supplement the maps with lengthy geographical descriptions" (Ristow). Bradford's atlases are significant for their contribution to the cartographic history of Texas. In this issue, Texas is depicted as part of Mexico in three maps: United States; and Mexico, Guatemala, and the West Indies, showing Texas as part of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, and showing Stephen F. Austin's Colony; and North America, which also mentions Stephen F. Austin's colony. Subsequent issues include a separate map of Texas (see lot XXX). Phillips 770; Sabin 7260; Wheat Transmississippi 408-410.