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Auction 115, Lot 196

"Map of Upper California by the U.S. Ex. Ex. And Best Authorities", Wilkes, Charles

Subject: United States - Western

Period: 1841 (dated)

Publication: Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition

Color: Black & White

11.2 x 8.3 inches
28.4 x 21.1 cm
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This folding map covers all the American West south of 42 deg. N. and west of the Rocky (Anahuac) Mountains, with by far the greatest detail in California. The Colorado River is shown trending in an oddly straight course. The Great Basin is called the Great Sandy Basin and is crossed by Smith's Track. Interesting notes explain the unknown qualities of the land and describe the Indians as "the most miserable objects of creation". A fine example.

References: Wheat (TMW) 458; Wheat (Gold) 23

Condition: A+

Fine example with one tiny light spot in Pacific. Issued folding, now pressed and professionally encapsulated in archival Mylar.

Estimate: $180 - $200

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/21/2006