Auction 116, Lot 127

"Rain Chart of the United States Showing by Isohyetal Lines the Distribution of the Mean Annual Precipitation in Rain and Melted Snow", Powell, John Wesley

Subject: United States

Period: 1878 (circa)

Publication: Lands of the Arid Regions

Color: Hand Color

28.4 x 19.6 inches
72.1 x 49.8 cm

This fine thematic map is a copy of the chart constructed for the Smithsonian Institution in 1868 by Charles A. Schottt. Wheat says "that such maps could now be constructed demonstrates the quantity of observational data American scientists had amassed, as well as the effective aid maps could render in the presentation of such data." Legend shows via pattern and color different annual rain falls. From Powell's report that describes the limits of the lands in the arid regions of the West. Lithographed by the firm of Julius Bien.

References: Wheat (TMW) #1290.

Condition: B

Nice example less a little weakness on some folds with splits that have been closed on verso with archival tape. Some roughness in upper margins with several tiny short tears at edge.

Estimate: $80 - $120

Sold for: $40

Closed on 9/20/2006