Jacob De Cordova 1849 Map Of Texas At Heritage Auction

Chatting soon after their Thanksgiving feast, Patrick Martin learned one of his guests had strong family ties to Texas. Pushing the wine glasses and butter dish to one side, Martin opened a small black book and unfolded n early, hand-colored map of the Republic of Texas, complete with the short-lived Santa Fe County. It wasn’t until he took the map to an appraisal event that he learned it was none other than an 1849 first edition Map of Texas, hand signed by Jewish settler Jacob De Cordova, which is expected to sell for $150,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Texana Signature® Auction March 15 in Dallas.

De Cordova’s Map of Texas was first issued in 1849 and published by Texas’ General Land Office as the first official map of Texas. It measures 32″ x 35 1/4″, is hand-colored with West Texas virtually entirely absent and only a portion of the Panhandle (noted as the Fannin Land District) shown as settled. Only a few copies of the map are known to exist. Among them are at least two being held by institutions: one in Special Collections at the University of Texas at Arlington and the other at the Rosenburg Library in Galveston.

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