Rare Old Map of Austin, Texas in 1891 - Very Early City Plan, State Capitol, Railroad, UT Austin, Austin Dam
Rare Old Map of Austin, Texas in 1891 - Very Early City Plan, State Capitol, Railroad, UT Austin, Austin Dam
Rare Old Map of Austin, Texas in 1891 - Very Early City Plan, State Capitol, Railroad, UT Austin, Austin Dam
Rare Old Map of Austin, Texas in 1891 - Very Early City Plan, State Capitol, Railroad, UT Austin, Austin Dam
Rare Old Map of Austin, Texas in 1891 - Very Early City Plan, State Capitol, Railroad, UT Austin, Austin Dam
Rare Old Map of Austin, Texas in 1891 - Very Early City Plan, State Capitol, Railroad, UT Austin, Austin Dam
Rare Old Map of Austin, Texas in 1891 - Very Early City Plan, State Capitol, Railroad, UT Austin, Austin Dam
Rare Old Map of Austin, Texas in 1891 - Very Early City Plan, State Capitol, Railroad, UT Austin, Austin Dam

Rare Old Map of Austin, Texas in 1891 - Very Early City Plan, State Capitol, Railroad, UT Austin, Austin Dam

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This is one of the oldest and finest maps of Austin, the capital city of Texas. Put together by the Bergen, Daniel & Gracy Title Company over 16 years, it was published in 1891.

The main purpose of this map is to show the title owners of various parcels of land, though there are plenty of landmarks and freehand annotations that you may find interesting. Zoom into the listing images and see what you can find!

There is a lovely, highly detailed engraving of Austin Dam in the top left corner - "For Water, Light & Power" - but the dam would sadly fail a few years later, killing many people and leaving Austin without power for months.

The Texas Capitol building can be clearly seen, as can the Main Building of of Texas University - i.e. University of Texas Austin, which had been founded a few years earlier in 1883.

All in all, a fantastically interesting and well preserved map that's a truly historic artefact.

This map looks great at all sizes. But it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 135 inches (340cm) tall. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

Please note that the smaller (12, 16, 18, and 24 inch) unframed maps have white edges that can be easily snipped off (or they may help you with framing). The larger sizes, and all the framed maps, are all printed and pre-cut perfectly to size.

The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (50x40cm) version of this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for someone from Austin, who loves theatre, or perhaps someone who has spent time travelling or working there.

You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes the map pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in my frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.

If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.

This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.

I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.

Please note that framed maps larger than 100cm/40 inches take longer to make and delivery is usually within 10 working days. I will get in touch with you to discuss the specifics of delivery.

If you select the free worldwide shipping option, you can usually expect to receive your map around 5 working days after you order.

Coronavirus is still causing random delays and some maps can take longer to arrive. If you need your map to arrive in time for an important date, please contact me before you order and I'll do my best to get the map to you on time.

If you select Express Delivery at checkout your order will be sent by courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce) and will usually arrive in 2-3 working days. Please note that framed maps will usually take a little longer.

Customers in the US, Australia and Canada: Your map will be sent from a printer or framer in your country, which means you'll get your map sooner, you won't pay import duties, and we'll put less CO2 into the atmosphere. I have worked with some great printers and framers around the world for years - so don't worry, your map will still look amazing!

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If you want a frame that's a specific colour or material, or want your map mounted/matted, please get in touch. I work with specialist framers around the world and have hundreds of framing options - so we should be able to find a frame that suits your decor/aesthetic.

Read more about how I can custom frame and mount/mat your old map.

Alternatively, I can also sell you an old map on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

My standard frame is a black wood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. On maps up to 36 inches (91cm) the frame is 2cm (0.75in) wide. I use thicker frames on larger maps - usually between 35 and 60mm (1.4in to 2.4in).

In all cases I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions... always get in touch!

My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.

I print with Epson ultrachrome giclée UV fade resistant pigment inks - some of the best inks you can find.

Please contact me if you're looking for a print on canvas or cotton rag.

Learn more about how the Unique Maps Co. sources and restores old maps

Map personalisation

If you want to make your old map really unique, I am able to personalise your map with a short message, for example:

- "Happy birthday, Ben! From Mum & Dad"

- "To My Beloved. Let's Explore The World Together!"

This message will be added to the map in such a way that it looks just like a real part of the map.

Select the "Personalise Map" option above if you'd like to add map personalisation to your map.

Learn more about my map personalisation service.

Get in touch if you're looking for more complex customisations and personalisations.

Fill in the form below, message us on WhatsApp, or call the workshop on 020 3286 8802 (UK)

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We find and restore the finest and rarest old maps. We guarantee you won't find higher quality prints of old maps anywhere else.

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