Auction 103, Lot 84

"Map Illustrating the Extermination of the American Bison Prepared by W.T. Hornaday", Smithsonian Institute

Subject: North America

Period: 1890 (circa)

Publication: HR Misc. Doc., 50th Cong., 1st Session

Color: Printed Color

17.5 x 22.1 inches
44.5 x 56.1 cm

Prepared by W.T. Hornaday for a report to the U.S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution. This map traces in red the boundary of the area once inhabited by the buffalo. The area in blue and green reflects the tragic and systematic destruction of these herds for robes, hide etc. The numbers in green represent the location and number of the wild buffalo in existence by January 1, 1889. Barely 800 bison were known to exist when this map was published. A historically important and poignant map that is rarely offered.


Condition: A

Folding, as issued. Light toning along one fold, still very good. Margin added at binding side outside neatline.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $275

Closed on 6/11/2003