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Auction 115, Lot 214

"Map of the Country between the Frontiers of Arkansas and New Mexico embracing the section explored in 1849, 50, 51 & 52, by Capt. R.B. Marcy…", U.S. War Department

Subject: United States - Southwestern

Period: 1852 (circa)

Publication: Exploration of the Red River in Louisiana in the year 1852

Color: Black & White

59.5 x 27.5 inches
151.1 x 69.9 cm

Title continues "5th U.S. Infy. under orders from the War Department. Also a continuation of the emigrant road from Fort Smith and Fulton down the Valley of Gila." This is a most informative map of the region illustrating the explorations of Capt. Marcy, including inputs from Col. Emery's Boundary Survey, Capt. Sitgreaves' map, as well as those of A.B. Gray and J. de Cordavas. It details the area from the Mississippi River to the Colorado, and from about 30° latitude north to the Arkansas River. North of the Gila the land is noted as Unexplored, with a legend reading: "In the vicinity of this place a tract of country is found which is said by several trappers to be exceedingly fertile, and abundantly timbered and watered." This erroneous note shows up a decade later on early maps of the Southwest by A.J. Johnson. Filled with a copious amount of important information and detail on Oklahoma, North Texas, and New Mexico. Locates exploration routes, Indian tribes, disputed territories, and much, much more. Wheat says this map is "one of the best of the period."

References: Wheat (TMW) 791

Condition: B

Issued folding, now pressed and backed with archival tissue. Close trimmed into neatline left side with some loss to neatline, as issued. Paper laid in along left side. Toned along some folds.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/21/2006