Tulsa, Okla. Wolf & Bennett c/o American Royalty Company, No date [c. 1940s]. Stiff boards. Folio (14 x 17”); [254pp]; grey stiff board covers with two screw binding, cover paper restored; new endpapers; marginal notes in both pencil and ink with dates; small closed tears to many pages, a few pages with small loss, light age toning to pages; very good minus. Very good. Item #49
This atlas is important in the State of Texas as showing the Land Grants recorded at the Texas General Land Office in Austin. The TXGLO (General Land Office) was established in 1836 by the Republic of Texas to record land grants, including the patent date and transfers. It has since become important to oil and gas companies to establish ownership of mineral rights. Texas has a total of 254 counties, the most of any U.S. state. The most recent county formations were Kenedy in 1921 and Loving which was established in 1893, then abolished in 1897, and reestablished in 1931. Both of these counties are included in this atlas. The atlas is complete with all 254 counties, Brooks and Jim Hogg counties share a page and are inserted twice, in alphabetical order for Brooks and again for Jim Hogg. The maps included have dates from 1884 through 1926. Updates by the TXGLO cannot be done on an annual basis in all counties, so are updated as needed. While no publication date exists in this atlas, this copy seems to have been published in the 1940s with a label over the Wolf & Bennett publisher identification. While the label is no longer present, C.R. Bennett placed his label over the earlier publisher.