Auction 113, Lot 203

"Map of Oregon and Upper California from the Surveys of John Charles Fremont and other Authorities", Fremont/Preuss

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1848 (dated)

Publication: House Ex Doc. #17, 31st Congress

Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 19.5 inches
41.9 x 49.5 cm

This is the smaller version of Fremont's highly respected map of the West, published by Congress in 1850 to meet the demand for information concerning the California Gold Rush. The map covers a smaller area than his larger map of the same title, eliminating Oregon and covering only the western parts of present-day Arizona and Utah. El Dorado or Gold Regions are shown on the south fork of the American River and the upper course of the Feather River. Contains Fremont's famous topographical error, showing an east-west mountain range across the unexplored area of the Great Basin.

References: Wheat (TMW) #613; Wagner Camp #150; Wheat (Gold) #58.

Condition: B

Issued folding, now pressed and backed with archival tissue. Later color. Bit of faint offsetting.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/7/2005