Auction 123, Lot 214

"Map of the Routes of the Union Pacific Railroads with Their Eastern Connections, Compiled from Authorized Explorations, Public Surveys, and Other Reliable Data from the Departments of Government.", Keeler, William J.

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1867 (published)


Color: Hand Color

37.5 x 14.5 inches
95.3 x 36.8 cm

A fascinating and rarely offered railroad map with its accompanying 96 page report, Kansas and the Country Beyond, on the Line of the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division, from the Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. by Josiah Copley. In addition to the railroad information, the map includes a key to identify the areas of the west that contain gold, silver, copper, quicksilver (mercury) and coal. This example is also important for its documentation of Indian Reservations, whose lands are shown in orange, but are not listed in the key. Regarding this map, Wheat says, "...Keeler’s railroad map is full of factual information, but it is also full of hope." This map is very similar to Keeler’s more common National Map of The Territory of The United States From The Mississippi River To The Pacific Ocean, also published in 1867. A scarce issue.

References: Wheat (TMW) #1171.

Condition: B

The folding map is separated from its report. It has some fold toning and a few fold splits, most closed on verso with old paper and archival tape repairs. The report is disbound from its original covers, but its contents are tight and very good. Map is B, book B+.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,400

Sold for: $750

Closed on 2/20/2008