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North America. "The Map Drawn & Engraved by J. Rapkin. The Illustrations by J. Marchant & Engraved by J. Rogers." (J.&F. Tallis, pub.), c. 1850

Identifier: MC 49
North America
North America

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This cartographic collection was the gift of the estate of the late Midland oilman, George T. Abell. Mr Abell was interested travel, geography, the geology of the petroleum industry, and the history of the Southwest and the maps reflect these as well as other subjects. The collection contains over a hundred maps which range in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Notably, the collection also contains a 1573 copy of Abraham Ortelius's Theatrvm orbis terrarvm, considered by some as the first modern atlas of the world. The collection includes maps of the world, the British Isles, Pacific Ocean, North and South America, The Western Hemisphere, and the United States.


  • Creation: c. 1850



From the Collection: 115 Sheets

Language of Materials


Physical Location

drawer 4

Materials Specific Details

North America centered, surrounded by colored pictures: Niagara Falls, Mt. Hekla, animals, cossacks, Indians, "convoy of diamonds," True extent of the Rocky Mts. Not known -- shows one great ridge from Alaska to Panama. Major political divisions shown by (pastel) colors. Texas is shown as part of the United States.


29.7 x 21.8 cm

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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