1852 Texas Pocket Map
I grew up next door to my grandparents and they had a lot of books and different things. And I saw this map, and it always intrigued me. And later on, I saw this map listed for sale at $175. This was 1961. And then 12 years ago, I had it appraised at a bookstore. They appraised it at $6,000 to $8,000, saying it was very rare. But other than that, we don't know anything about it.
I see. It's an 1852 map, and it's one of the nicest and rarest Texas maps I've seen in a long time. It's in great condition. It only has a little bit of wear to it. And indeed, it's a valuable map. This map was published in 1851 by F.C. Baker and J. Eppinger. And this is the second edition from 1852 of the same map. Generally, these maps were printed in fewer than 1,500 copies and sold for not much money back then either: 50 cents or a dollar at the most. And this shows some counties that had been added since 1850. But in Texas history, it's considered one of the great rarities. One of the great things about this map is that it has an inset of New Mexico, California and Utah. It's quite accurate, it shows San Francisco up here, and Los Angeles down there.
In 2001, this map auctioned for $22,000. I would expect that the value to this map has not diminished since then and that its value is still between $22,000 and $25,000.
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