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Auction 116, Lot 207

"Oregon Territory", Burr/Illman

Subject: Northwestern United States

Period: 1833 (dated)

Publication: New Universal Atlas

Color: Hand Color

13 x 10 inches
33 x 25.4 cm
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This is a very early map of Oregon Territory that was copyrighted by the firm of Illman & Pilbrow in 1833 and published in Burr's atlas in 1835. A historical and interesting map, it draws on the explorations of Jedediah Smith, Lewis & Clark, the Hudson's Bay Company and John Jacob Astor's Company for it's remarkable degree of information and accuracy for the period. The Oregon Territory extends all the way west to the Stony Mountains. The northern boundary with the British Possessions is set at 54°40' per the "Boundary of Russian Possessions settled by Convention in 1824." The southern boundary is set at 42° per the "treaty with Spain 1819." East of the Stony Mountains, the northern boundary is today's Canadian border and noted as per the "treaty with Gt. Britain 1818." In the south, a remnant of the River of the West theory appears, as the Los Mongos River, that flows to the Pacific from the large L. Timpangos. Filled with information and place names including Friendly Indians, Ft. Clapsop or Ft. George, Edmonton Factory, and much more.

References: Wheat (TMW) 402; Rumsey 1941.

Condition: A

A near fine example with full original coloring and original margins. A little roughness along right border and some surface soiling near bottom, else fine.

Estimate: $650 - $800

Sold for: $950

Closed on 9/20/2006