61 [Map – Texas] Creuzbar, Robert. De
Cordova’s Map of Texas Compiled from the
Records of the General Land Office of the State,
by Robert Creuzbaur. Austin, 1867. Original
folding pocket covers with gilt title; map
measures 35 x 31 ½ from ornamental border to
ornamental border; inset map, Plan Showing
Lines of Communication Between Western
Texas and Pacific Coast, measuring 9 ½ x 11
inches; nice, bright coloring, with splitting
expertly repaired. Fine.
The last map of Texas published during De
Corbova’s lifetime (he died in 1868). Taliaferro
Cartographic Sources 295: “De Cordova
commissioned Robert Creuzbar, an employee of
the Texas General Land Office, to compile this map from the agency’s records. The result is a very accurate and detailed map.” This 1867 issue shows the upper part of West Texas as “Young Territory,” apparently the only version of this map with that destination (not in the 1861 nor 1871 versions – see detail in photo). This area, also known as Young Land District, was set apart by the legislature of Texas for the settlement of the approximately twenty native Indian tribes of Texas. Interestingly, there is no article on the Young Land District in the Handbook of Texas (See Fannie M. Clarke, “A Chapter in the History of Young Territory,” TSHAQ (1905) 9: 51-62). Copies of thefollowing printings of this map are located: 1849, 1851, 1853, 1856, 1857, 1866 and 1872; there are 1870 and 1871 editions in private hands; this 1867 is not located.