The Bookshelf, The Parlor, The Young Texas Reader, and the Monthly

The Texas Bookshelf is different from the The Texas Parlor, . The Texas Parlor carries "general" bookish information and non-book information and even different Texana news and notes of use to the bibliographically challenged and other nosey folks intersted in historical, literary, and cultural observations. Will's Texana Monthly may carry material from either blog, but extends itself beyond those, especially for longer compilations or treatments. The Monthly, the Bookshelf and the Parlor are all companions. So, is the Young Texas Reader which specialized on books and such things for the youngest to the teenagers.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Antique Maps of Texas & Indian Territory,

(CD of digitized maps), volume 1, 3rd edition. Fort Worth: Electric Books, Box 79260, zip 76179, Phone: 817.238.9579, 2006. $19.99

AMoT (Pete Charlton, Publisher) is a wonderful digital collection with good images at an excellent price. There are about 200 maps from 1780 to 1930, Included are early state maps, cattle trail maps, early mining and topographic maps, Texas cities and historic Texas places, and a few United States and continental maps. The maps are grouped by period or place. Also included are a number of pre-1907 maps of Indian Territory (Oklahoma).

Map fans will recognize familiar cartographers such as Bonne, Arrowsmith, Tanner, Lincoln, Cram, Mitchell, Goldsmith, Huntington, Morse, Burgess, McNally, Marcy, Disturnell, and Bartholomew, just to name a few. AMoT is a good gift for aficionados, students, and researchers. Get two so you can give one away.

The collection is augmented with many online topical links to the Handbook of Texas Online®. Students may benefit from the two slide show options, Texan and American.
Zoom capacity enables you to go from 25% to 200%, and panning is enabled. AMoT is for use through Windows 98 and above, but not Macs. No installation is required. Electric Books web site also lists many of their retail outlets. Hard copy reproductions are available through the publisher, (17.5" x 23" and 23" x 35").

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