Catalog Archive
Auction 115, Lot 192

"Map of Minnesota and Dakota", Desilver, Charles

Subject: United States - Central Midwest

Period: 1859 (dated)

Publication: New Universal Atlas

Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 13 inches
41.4 x 33 cm

This lovely steel engraved map comes from the scarce Desilver edition of this famous atlas. Ristow states the 1859 edition was the final edition and that it was published by Cushings & Bailey. This map, however, carries the 1859 date with Desilver's imprint, but also lists Desilver as the publisher. The map shows the newly formed Dakota Territory as a huge unorganized area with its western boundary along the Missouri River. Filled with tribe and place names, there are also interesting notations, such as "region abounding in buffalo". Railroads, stage and wagon roads reflect the westward development. A thin strip of land, mostly in Minnesota, is Dakota Reserve. Notation at lower left describes the treaties and lands of the Dakota or Sioux Indians. With Desilver's unique scroll border and his imprint at No. 714 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. A lovely example of this most desirable map.

References: Ristow pp. 313.

Condition: A

Near fine example with beautiful, bright hand coloring and crisp impression. Full margins. Toned in blank margins.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/21/2006