Auction 122, Lot 887

"Alaskan Boundary Tribunal Atlas Accompanying the Counter Case of the United States before the Tribunal Convened at London under the Provisions of the Treaty between the United States of America and Great Britain, Concluded January 24, 1903", U.S. Government

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1903 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

15 x 18 inches
38.1 x 45.7 cm

This atlas accompanied the case of the United States before the Tribunal in London under the provisions of the Hay/Herbert Treaty between the U.S. and Great Britain, Jan. 24, 1903. The atlas contains thirty-four maps of Alaska and the coastline of British Columbia. These maps (No. 26 through No. 47) include reproductions of historical maps by such well-known cartographers as Arrowsmith, Johnston, Black, and new maps prepared by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Most of the maps are partial examples from British sources, and were used to show specific areas of the Pacific Northwest in an attempt to strengthen the claim of the United States. In this example, plates 30, 31 and 38 are different from those listed, and actually include the following: Clarence Strait Revillagigedo Channel and Portland Canal; Sketch Map of Portland Channel and Vicinity; and Cape Corrientes, Mexico to Kodiak Island. The Alaska boundary dispute of 1903 concerned the southernmost portion of Alaska and its border with Canada. Although seemingly insignificant today, it was a hotly debated issue in its time. Folio. Hardbound in original black cloth with gilt title on front.


Condition: B

Maps are good to very good with some toning and offsetting. Covers are lightly scuffed, corners are bumped and the spine has been repaired with clear tape. Front endpaper repaired with tape, along hinge. There are two library stamps, from Columbia University, Washington, D.C. and George Washington University. A note from the Manager of the Special Collections & University Archives Dept. of the Gelman Library at G.W. University states that the atlas has either been withdrawn or written off.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $375

Closed on 12/5/2007