Auction 122, Lot 250

"The Gold and Coal Fields of Alaska Together with the Principle Steamer Routes and Trails", U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Subject: Alaska

Period: 1898 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

28.5 x 23.5 inches
72.4 x 59.7 cm

This fine geological map printed in the five-color lithographic method has considerable place name detail. The Birch Creek and Forty Mile gold regions are prominently shown. Strong red over printing is used to detail steamer routes, trails, and the gold regions. There are two insets: "Trails from the tide water to the headwaters of the Yukon River, Alaska" and "The Klondike Gold Region, Canada." The large Fort St. Michael Military Reservation is shown centered on Norton Sound. The monthly steamer routes servicing areas from Norton Sound, along the south side of the Aleutians and along the Alaskan Coast to San Francisco are shown. Note below the title indicates the map was published in January, 1898 and based in part on a portion of the 1897 Chart T of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Published by the Department of the interior, Charles D. Walcott, Director. A good example of this great map from the Alaskan Gold Rush period.

References: Falk (AK) #1898-51; Phillips (AK) p. 117

Condition: B

Bold, strong coloring. With two fold splits, closed on verso, one small marginal chip with tiny loss at center of upper neatline, and a little toning at some folds. Presents better than condition description suggests.

Estimate: $90 - $140

Sold for: $65

Closed on 12/5/2007