Auction 123, Lot 156

"Map of the United States and Territories Showing the extent of Public Surveys and other details constructed from the Plats and official sources of the General Land Office…", General Land Office

Subject: United States

Period: 1866 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

54.5 x 28 inches
138.4 x 71.1 cm

This map is one of the more remarkable maps produced by the General Land Office. It shows the extent of the Public Surveys in 1866 and is filled with many items of great interest. Most significant are the gold, silver, copper, and other mineral deposits that are color-coded to mark their location and keyed to the legend. The sites of army forts and posts provide an excellent view of the undeveloped territories and the western frontier. Details include land grants, townships, subdivisions, railroads, mining districts, etc. Present-day Wyoming is shown as an appendage to Dakota Territory. Made under the direction of Hon. J.S. Wilson, Commissioner, by Theodore Franks.

References: Wheat (TMW) #1137; Phillips (A) #1388-23.

Condition: B+

This example has a good impression, fine original coloring, and full margins. Issued folding, now backed with archival tissue. Some very light fold toning, a very nice example of this large map.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 2/20/2008