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Auction 117, Lot 230

"The Specie Basis of the Republic. Map Showing the Parks of Colorado, Fringed with Auriferous Mountains - Central Position of the Isothermal Belt Around the Earth", New York Herald

Subject: Colorado

Period: 1865 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9.6 x 13 inches
24.4 x 33 cm

On the front page of the New York Herald, January 23, 1865, this map of the central and eastern part of territorial Colorado is surrounded by a detailed article by an anonymous "special correspondent" (but obviously written by William Gilpin), in which he extols the wealth and potential of Colorado in his scheme of the world with Colorado at its center. The map is similar in content and title to Gilpin's 1873 "Thermal Map of North America delineating the Isothermal Zodiac the Isothermal Axis of Intensity and its expansions up and down the Plateau." Also, page two has an article of the adventure of Warren Leland through the gold producing territories. His view of Colorado is the same as that of the "special correspondent" who contributed to the front-page article. The map is centered on the North, Middle, and South Parks and extends to show Denver and Pueblo. Good detail of the San Margarita mining region with ten clustered communities. Also locates Bariddux Pass, Fort Garland, Franks Town, the U.S. Overland Mail route, and much more. With the complete eight page edition of the New York Herald. A most unusual item for the Colorado collector.


Condition: B

The map has a surface scrape, else very good.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $60

Closed on 12/6/2006