NORMAN D. BROWN, Edztor
Lure of the Land: Texas County Maps and the Hzstory of Settlement. By Joe B.
Frantz and Mike Cox. Edited by Roger A. Griffin. Foreword by
Garry Mauro. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press for
the Texas General Land Office, 1988. Pp. xiii+228. Acknowledg-
ments, foreword, illustrations, maps, introduction, bibliography
and suggestions for further reading, index. $72.50.)
Cartographic Sources in the Rosenberg Lzbrary. Compiled by Henry G. Tal-
iaferro. Edited by Jane A. Kenamore and Uli Haller. (College Sta-
tion: Texas A&M University Press, 1988. Pp. xiii+234. Preface, in-
troduction, notes, color plates, maps, bibliography, index. $32.50.)
Map buffs and scholars of cartographic history will surely welcome
these two latest, and most ambitious, offerings in their field from Texas
A&M University Press. Quite opposite in character, the pair warrant
mulling as a lesson in the possible diversities of cartographic history.
Perhaps their most crucial common denominator is that both projects
generated handsome subsidies to support their publication, and are
thus available at less than prohibitive prices.
General readers will be most attracted to Lure of the Land, a showcase
for eighty-one of the survey maps of Texas counties that were compiled
in the General Land Office in the nineteenth century and are now
counted among that agency's foremost archival treasures. This volume
is a triumph of the bookmaker's art, thanks to outstanding design by
Jim Billingsley and superb execution by all concerned, with papers of
extraordinary quality. Although its unusual dimensions (17" X 10'/")
seem tailored for coffee-table display, the format affords a remarkably
functional frame for maps of widely disparate size and shape. The in-
telligibility of the maps varies according to the degree of reduction or
enlargement employed and the condition of the originals; in some in-
stances, those wishing to glean specific details will need to consult the
originals at the General Land Office. But these photographic repro-
ductions give a good general sense of the character of the maps and of
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 94, July 1990 - April, 1991. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101214/. Accessed May 6, 2015.