LIZARS, William Home (1788–1859). Lizars’ Edinburgh Geographical General Atlas. Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, [?1842].

$ 4,800.00

Folio, (19 ¼ x 13 inches). (Title and index leaves a bit spotted). 68 double-page lithographed maps, numbered 1 to 31 and 33 to 69 (no number 32), original hand coloring in outline; engraved plate (some separation at folds, slight spotting). Modern burgundy half morocco, original publisher’s ribbon-embossed cloth, gilt roll borders, the spine in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in one and stamped in the rest (extremities bumped, one or two surface abrasions).

Provenance: From the distinguished library of Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), his sale, Sotheby’s, October 10, 2006.


First edition. The maps of the United States and Mexico both show the Republic of Texas, which existed as a sovereign state from 1836 to 1846. The Republic was forged in the aftermath of armed revolt against Mexico, which included the famous battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. The young republic’s claimed borders included present-day Texas, along with portions of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. The new government was similar to that of the United States, with a House, Senate, Presidency, and Supreme Court. The United States Congress passed a bill authorizing the annexation of Texas on February 28, 1845. U.S. President John Tyler signed the bill on March 1, which set the date for annexation as December 29 of that year. On October 13, Texas voters approved the annexation offer and state constitution, which contained an endorsement of the slave trade. The U.S. Congress subsequently accepted the constitution and made Texas a U.S. state on the same day the annexation took effect. A key motivation for accepting annexation was the huge debts the government of Texas had incurred. In 185, the federal government agreed to assume the debt in return for cession of all Texas-claimed territory in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Philips Atlases 782.