Auction 109, Lot 102

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

Subject: North America

Period: 1890 (published)

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. 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.


Condition: B

Issued folding, now backed with archival tissue. Lightly toned along some folds. Short closed tear at binding edge extends into Pacific. Paper laid in at binding trim.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 12/1/2004