A Universal Illustrated Atlas Exhibiting a Geographical, Statistical & Historical View of the World. Edited by T.G. Bradford & S.G. Goodrich.
- Author: BRADFORD, Thomas Gamaliel & GOODRICH, Samuel Griswold
- Publication place: Boston
- Publisher: Charles D. Strong
- Publication date: 1846
- Physical description: Folio (450 by 350mm). Letterpress title-page and Contents leaf, pages -iv, -218. Tinted lithographed frontispiece, additional title-page, double-page engraved map of the “United States”, full-page engraved maps of each world hemisphere, and 46 maps of the continents, the Americas including individual states, all with fine contemporary hand-colour in full. Half black calf, contemporary purple glazed muslin, gilt.Collation: A(2), 1–54(2), 55
- Inventory reference: 12840
The map of Texas, and the accompanying text on the young “Republic of Texas” are important: “The boundaries of this infant commonwealth are as yet unsettled on the side of Mexico; and on the east and north they are the Gulf of Mexico and the frontiers of the United States… The old Province of Texas or Tejas was bounded on the west by the Nueces from its mouth to its head, and a line drawn thence, along the water-shed between the Rio del Norte on the west, and the Brazos and Colorado on the east, to the sources of the Red River, that river forming the northern boundary, and the Sabine with a straight line drawn from the point of its intersection by the 23rd parallel of latitude to the Red River, dividing it from Louisiana and Arkansas… The new republic, however, does not confine its claims to the limits of the Province; but extends its pretensions to the Rio del Norte on the west, and to the Arkansas, beyond the 23rd meridian, on the north, thus comprising parts of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Chihuahua, and New Mexico,…” (page 164). When this map was first published by Bradford, it was the first of the Republic of Texas to be included in an atlas.
Pages 171 forwards are the “Supplement to Bradford’s Illustrated Atlas of the United States and Adjacent Countries; containing an account of Mexico, Central America, &c. and bringing down events to 1841”. Phillips Atlases 783 (citing 1842 edition).