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Auction 115, Lot 241

"Hawaii Government Survey - Molokai", Hawaii Territorial Surveys

Subject: Hawaii

Period: 1897 (dated)

Publication: HR doc 59th Cong., 2nd. Sess. Ca. 1906

Color: Printed Color

48.5 x 25 inches
123.2 x 63.5 cm

First edition of this large map produced by Alexander, the Surveyor-General. It is difficult to imagine a more detailed map of the island - topography, watershed, villages, land grants, coastal detail, lava flows, property owners, it's all here. At the turn of the century numerous valleys supported cattle ranches. On the northern exposure can be seen an area of about six square miles dedicated to a leper colony of about 100 souls. It was established in 1866 and was considered one of the most remarkable institutions of its kind in existence. Triangulation by Alexander and M.D. Monsarrat, who also did the boundaries and topography. The map was drawn by F.S. Dodge, C.J. Willis, and S.M. Kanakanui. Dated 1897, but reportedly published circa 1906 in HR doc 59th Cong., 2nd. Session. A huge and fascinating map of this beautiful island.


Condition: B

Crisp impression and strong coloring. Issued folding, now pressed and backed with archival tissue. A little color offsetting in blank areas, and some darkening along some folds, else very good with full margins.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $160

Closed on 6/21/2006