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1802 - 1855 COLTON ATLAS MAP STATE OF TEXAS, Map Details: 14" X 27". This handsome Texas map is based on an important 1849 map by Jacob de Cordova, which was the first to be drawn from General Land Office records. The map is based upon the original work of Jacob De Cordova. Jacob De Cordova (1808 - 1868) was one of the first major land speculators in Texas. He hired Robert Creuzbaur, of the Texas General Land Office, to compile this map for promotional purposes. It was the first map of the state to be constructed through the use of the files of the Land Office, which was responsible for keeping a record of all land transactions in the state, though De Cordova is said to have spent a great deal of time in the saddle, personally studying Texas real estate. The land office was especially important, as Texas had been allowed to keep its public lands when it entered the Union, the only state allowed to do so. The Land Office records were the only reasonably accurate source for the topography of some 250 million acres in the public domain. Creuzbaur gave equal attention to the more settled eastern parts of the state and the map is the best, most detailed record of settlement in Texas during the period. Measuring nearly three feet square, it was the first large-scale map of Texas and remained the most influential map of Texas for the next decade or more. It shows extensive detail throughout the settled part of the state. The western third is comprised of the large unsettled areas of Presidio, El Paso, Bexar and the Staked Plain. Cooke County in the northern part of the state is oversized and extends well into the Staked Plain. Railroads, forts, post offices, roads, springs, and topographical detail are all clearly indicated. Three insets show the panhandle, Galveston Bay, and Sabine Lake. Centerfold along with text on the reverse as issued...........................................................$395.00


1108 - The Battle of Gonzales was the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution. It was fought near Gonzales, Texas, on October 2, 1835, between rebellious Texas settlers and a detachment of Mexican army soldiers. In 1831, Mexican authorities gave the settlers of Gonzales a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. Over the next four years, the political situation in Mexico deteriorated, and in 1835 several states revolted. As the unrest spread, Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea, the commander of all Mexican troops in Texas, felt it unwise to leave the residents of Gonzales with a weapon and requested the return of the cannon. When the initial request was refused, Ugartechea sent 100 dragoons to retrieve the cannon. The soldiers neared Gonzales on September 29, but the colonist used a variety of excuses to keep them  from the town, while secretly sending messengers to request assistance from nearby communities. Within two days up to 140 Texans gathered in Gonzales, all determined not to give up the cannon. On October 1, settlers voted to initiate a fight. Mexican soldiers opened fire as Texans approached their camp in the early hours of October 2. After several hours of desultory firing, the Mexican soldiers withdrew. Although the skirmish had little military significance, it marked a clear break between the colonist and the Mexican government and is considered to have been the start of the Texas Revolution. News of the skirmish spread throughout the United States, where it was often referred to as the "Lexington of Texas". The cannon's fate is disputed. It may have been buried and rediscovered in 1936, or it may have been seized by Mexican troops after the Battle of the Alamo. We have one 3# cannonball and 4 examples of grapeshot available. These were found in a field on private property while searching for arrowheads just south of Gonzales, Texas with the consent of the owner. The 3# cannonball weighs 2.44 lb. with a diameter of 2.6". The crudeness of the cast with an exceptionally high seam is consistent with shot discovered in other War of Independence sites as balls were often field cast using any type of iron available, i.e. Chain and any scrap metal available resulting in crude finished shot with variable weights due to the different density of the iron used. The grapeshot is iron with a diameter of 1". This offering is not to say this ordnance was used in the cannon held by the Texans at Gonzales which appears to be a smaller caliber and only musket or grapeshot was used in that cannon. However numerous Texas forces were nearby during the course of the war with Mexico. [a] Cannonball, as described above............SOLD  [b] Grapeshot...........SOLD

2216 - TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, LOUISIANA, AND FLORIDA, Le Nouveau Mexique, by Rigobert Boone (1729 - 1795), 10" X 14", nicely border colored showing lands from California east to West Florida, centering on the Mexican province of Texas, printed in 1780 during the Revolutionary War. This map comes from: ATLAS DE TOUTES LES PARTIES CONNUES DU GLOBE TERRESTRE with maps by Rigobert Boone, published 1780 (this Atlas was the companion to Guillaume Raynel's Historie, Rigobert Boone (1729 - 1795) was Royal Hydrographer, he mainly produced Marine charts, however, he is well known for his work on this notable atlas by Guillaume Raynel is as well as a French Atlas in 1764 ad a Atlas in 1776 titled "Atlas Moderne." Choice condition, pastel border colors.......................................$395.00

7655 - MAP OF TEXAS FROM THE MOST RECENT AUTHORITIES, (Colorado River, Galveston Harbor, Sabine Lake, Fort Houston, The Cross Timbers, Range of the Comanche, Guadalupe Mountains) Issued 1851, Philadelphia by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. The imprint across the bottom of the map is dated 1845. Sheet measures c. 13 1/25" H X 17 1/8" W. Printed area measures c. 12 1/8" H X 15" W, Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers, v. 1, p. 309. By C. S. Williams in 1845 and re-issued by Thomas Cowperthwait in 1851 after buying the rights from Mitchell. An early statehood issues showing numerous landmarks of the Texas War of Independence, Fort Alamo, the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, other early sites such as Bolivar, Liverpool, Quintana, as well as Comanche and Apache lands. An inset at the bottom shows Northern Texas to Santa Fe and present day Colorado. The Presidio road to San Antonio is evident from Mexico. Very fine, have seen this map offered from $750 to $1200......................................................SOLD

122113 - TEXAS, Johnson & Ward 1863. Printed area measures 26 X 16.5 inches (66.04 X 41.91 centimeters). Large folio map of Texas with the counties hand colored in pastels, insets of Galveston Bay and Sabine Lake. The most desirable and popular map in the Johnson Atlas. A great map while Texas was in the Confederacy during the Civil War. Very fine, light age to borders. This map is most often seen for sale at $450. This fine example...............................................$375.00

8140 - BUFFALO BILL POSTCARD SIGNED BY HIM IN THREE WAYS, 1916, 4" X 5" lithographed postcard, "Welcome to Cody, Wyoming" motif with standing pose of Buffalo Bill Cody. The card is signed in bold ink on the front, W. F. Cody, "Buffalo Bill 1916". On the verso writes a short note to "Brother Elks", "Hughes can't ride Woodrow, he is pulling leather already and will be disqualified...Bill." William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (February 26, 1846 - January 10, 1917) was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), in Le Claire but he grew up for several years in his father's hometown in Canada before his family moved to the Kansas Territory. Buffalo Bill started working at the age of eleven after his father's death, and became a rider for the Pony Express at age 14. During the American Civil War, he served for the Union from 1863 to the end of the war in 1865. Later he served as a civilian scout to the US Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872. One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded his Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 1883, taking his large company on tours throughout the United States and, beginning in 1887, in Great Britain and Europe. He founded the town of Cody, Wyoming. He died in Denver in 1917 a year after he signed this card. Obviously addressed to a brother Elks lodge member. In choice condition, have seen not as attractive Buffalo Bill items at $1500 up. This attractive item with three varieties of his signature..........................$1,295.00

8141 - THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, $100 Government bond signed by David Burnet, May 1st, 1841, vignette of steer to the left, mechanic as central vignette, payable to Charles D, Morse $100. On hearing of William Barret Travis's plea for help at the Alamo, Burnet traveled to Washington-on-the-Brazos to recruit help from the Convention of 1836. He remained at the convention and was elected interim president on March 17, 1836. On his orders, the government fled Washington-on-the-Brazos fro Harrisburg, thus inspiring the Runaway Scrape. Burnet narrowly avoided capture by Mexican troops the following month. After Sam Houston's victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, Burnet took custody of Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna and negotiated the Treaties of Velasco. Many Texans were infuriated that the treaty allowed Santa Anna to escape execution, and some people called for Burnet's arrest for treason. Burnet declined to run for president and resigned as interim president on October 22, 1836. He served as the vice president under Mirabeau B. Lamar and participated in the Battle of Neches. he was defeated in the next presidential election by Houston. When Texas was annexed into the United States, Burnet served as the state's first Secretary of State. The first Reconstruction state legislature appointed him to the U.S. Senate, but he was unable to take his seat due to the Ironclad oath. Burnet County, Texas, is named for him. CC with no loss of paper whatsoever [usually seen COC]...................SOLD


5119 - A 49'ER WRITES HIS BROTHER FROM CALIFORNIA DETAILING HIS EXPLOITS IN THE CALIFORNIA MINE FIELDS, October 28th, 1851, "Cal", from Phineas A. Swift to his brother Daniel E. Swift in West Wareham, Mass. 3 pages in ink on folded 8" X 10" paper. He relates in part: He tells his brother he is well and asks his brother to write him with all the news...he assumes that his brother would like to hear about the mining in California but the mining is slow here now...he mentions his time at Scots River...I am my partners Harvey Mack, A.D. oss, and about 10 others went north to Scots River last February about 600 miles but our prospect was not very good after arriving there. Mentions the high costs of provisions there-flour from 75 to 100 per pound, pork from 100 to 125...it was a hard time and it took dollars to live there...the river was too high to do much mining in the banks but some were ding first rate on the big bar-tremendous hard labor digging 25 to 30 feet deep - three men a few days before we got here stuck a crivas and took out $30,000 worth of gold...After five weeks at Scots the Chasto diggings broke out and we started six of us there--in about 25 miles we found a very good prospect but the best of the ravines and flats were taken up - after stopping at Chasto and doing very well, the Rogue River excitement broke out and all hands picked up and headed for there...I should think that 300 people all started for richer diggings. We started on several days travel crossing the Clamouth River and the Sisco Mountain dividing California and Oregon. After crossing we stuck on the Rogue River in two days traveling one day down the river and camped there that night. Left the next morning traveling that day and came to our new diggings. Stayed there 8 or 9 days finding there to be a perfect humbug - we cursed them and started for Scots River again and stopping there a few weeks and doing very well but our prospect ran out and our company. Six of us packed up and saddled up our mules and started up the valley and camped there a few days til there was a train [wagon train] big enough to travel down the Trinity for the Indians are very bad through this portion of the country. Now in a few days we are out of the mountains traveling down the Sacramento Valley and into Sacramento. From here we travel to Stockton. From here into the old Sutter mines again to settle down for a small pile [gold]. He gives greeting to members of his family and requests letters from home. Address letters to Woods Digginngs, Tuolomy County, California...Daniel I am getting somewhat tired and must bid you a good evening...P.A. Swift. Included is an early 19th Century newspaper article about Daniel E. Smith, a brother of Phineas Swift, that states that Daniel had looked for his brother Phineas for 65 years since he left for the gold mines in California in 1849 and disappeared after he left California for the gold mines of Australia. An excellent gold mining letter, fine..................................................................ON HOLD

5121 - THOMAS RUSK OF TEXAS, Thomas Jefferson Rusk (December 5, 1803 - July 29, 1857) was an early political and military leader of the Republic of Texas, serving as its first Secretary of War as well as a general at the Battle of San Jacinto. He was later a U.S. politican and served as a Senator from Texas from 1846 until his suicide. He served as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate in 1857. After the Mexicans killed all James W. Fannin's Texan army at Goliad, Burnet sent Rusk with orders for General Sam Houston to make a stand against the enemy. Rusk participated with bravery in the defeat of Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, in the Battle of San Jacinto. From May to October 1836, he served as commander-in-chief of the Army of the Republic of Texas, with the rank of brigadier general. He followed the Mexican troops westward as they retired from Texas to be certain of their retreat beyond the Rio Grande. Then he conducted a military funeral for the troops killed a Goliad. Rusk supported Sam Houston and the growing movement to annex Texas to the United States. He was president of the Convention of 1845, which accepted the annexation terms. The first state legislature elected him and Houston to the United States Senate in February 1846. Rusk received the larger number of votes and the longer term of office. The two men forgot past differences as they worked to settle the southwest boundary question in favor of the Texas claim to the Rio Grande. Rusk supported the position of U.S. President James K. Polk on the necessity of the Mexican War and the acquisition of California. In the debate over the Compromise of 1850, Rusk refused to endorse secession, proposed by some in the caucus of Southern congressmen. He vigorously defended Texas claims to the New Mexico Territory and argued forcefully for just financial compensation for both the loss of revenue from import duties as well as the loss of territory. As an early advocate of a transcontinental railroad through Texas, he made speeches in the Senate and throughout Texas in support of a southern route. He toured the state in 1853 to investigate a possible route. The Gadsden Purchase received his support. Rusk was in favor of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. President James Buchanan offered him the position of United States Postmaster General in 1857, but had turned it down. (Buchanan instead give the post to Aaron V. Brown). His signature, "Tho. J. Rusk, Texas,"........................................................SOLD

100809 - TEXAS SILVER STAR, 5/8" - .75", silver TEXAS star used on a kepi or blouse, excavated at Port Hudson, LA [1863], hand-made star created by a soldier, RARE.....................................................SOLD

100810 - WALLER'S REGIMENT OF TEXAS CAVALRY, March 7th, 1864, Camp Grace, Texas. A note for $50 due Travis Hensley from L. K. Dubois both members of Waller's Texas Cavalry, small manuscript 4" X 7", Hensley was named after William Barret Travis after the fall at the Alamo by his Father who was a close friend of Travis. Some age tone. Very good.................................................$65.00

100811 - WALLER'S TEXAS CAVALRY, July 24th, 1863, 3" X 7" manuscript stating of $100 by the AAQM John S. Hirschfield dated at St. Martinsville, LA. Very good.....................$65.00

100812 - AN ACT BY THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS TO REDEEM PROMISSORY NOTES IN CIRCULATION, The Picayune, New Orleans, LA, May 14th, 1840. 4 pages, front page long printed notice on the redemption of Texas Republic currency by David Burnett and approved by Mirabeau Lamar, several illustrated ads for Negroes for sale, a very early New Orleans paper with Texas content........................................$45.00

8005 - SHIPPING TO EARLY TEXAS IN 1826, Shipping of "Nankeens" to the Rio Grande of Texas in 1827 through the Port of New Orleans, 9" X 10", pre-printed and filled in manifest of a shipment of Yellow Nankeens to Rio Grande that originated in Canton, China and was at first sent to Philadelphia on the ship "Phoenix" from Canton. The shipment arrived from Philadelphia on the ship "Ohio" into the Port of New Orleans and then shipped to the Rio Grande on the schooner "Catawba". Nankeens were cotton pants that originated in China and derived their name from the city that originated manufacture Nanjing. These "nankeens" were a yellow color which was caused by the use of particular cotton. These trousers were very durable and were most certainly imported for use by the working class and slaves. By this time Anglo settlers were coming into Texas from the Southern States along with their slaves. The importer was Marc Crozot. A well-written early Texas related document. Very fine...............................................................................$75.00

239 - CALIFORNIA, TERRITORIES OF NEW MEXICO AND UTAH, 18" X 25" by Johnson 1862. Beautifully hand colored, choice................................$145.00

240 - NEBRASKA, DAKOTAS, COLORADO AND KANSAS, 14" X 18" by Johnson 1862. Hand-colored, excellent................................$95.00

255 - A WESTERN MINER WRITES ABOUT CONDITIONS AT FORT SCOTT, KS AND AFFAIRS WITH THE INDIANS KILLING MINERS HEADING WEST, Fort Scott, KS, August 5th, 1864. 3 pages in ink to his sister by S.S. Peterman...he describes his travels getting to Fort Smith through Fort Gibson in the Cherokee Nation, the Osage Mission..."he is among the living-he attended a Methodist camp meeting-all grades and colors were in attendance - Preachers in this part of Kansas trying to raise money to build churches in Fort Scott...thinks they will have a hard time doing that around Fort Scott. Even the Military Chaplains here neglect their duties - the Post Chaplain has preached only once this summer - he has bought up property here and spends his time improving the property with a large detail of troops while he is paid to preach! The Indians of the Plains have declared war on the white man and has robbed the mail and killed immigrants that are going to the mines." Comes with a biography of Peterman who was a miner in Arizona (San Juan mines) and Colorado. Ran out by the Navajo in Arizona from his mining claim, had his claim jumped in Colorado. He was pressed into military service for three months by General Canby and then wound up at Fort Scott where he worked for the government........................................$295.00


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