Auction 124, Lot 318

"General Map Showing the Countries Explored & Surveyed by the United States & Mexican Boundary Commission in the Years 1850, 51, 52 & 53", Bartlett, John Russell

Subject: United States & Mexico, and San Francisco

Period: 1854 (dated)

Publication: The Annals of San Francisco

Color: Black & White

19 x 15 inches
48.3 x 38.1 cm

Important foldout map bound into The Annals of San Francisco; Containing a Summary of the History of the First Discovery, Settlement, Progress & Present Condition of California, and a Complete History of All Important Events Connected With Its Great City: etc. This map covers the entire West from the Mississippi River with particular emphasis on the land recently obtained from Mexico and is filled with place names, numerous Indian villages, geographical notes and more. Wheat notes this is, all in all, an excellent map of the West that has a very early depiction of the Gadsden Purchase. It is one of the first commercial maps to show Jackson Lake east of the three Tetons, here named Sublettes L. The geography of the unnamed Great Basin follows closely the cartography of Fremont's maps of 1845 and 1848. Utah is in its largest configuration stretching between California and east beyond the Continental Divide to Kansas. Place names include Mormon Sett. in Utah, Franklin is opposite of El Paso, and numerous New Mexican settlements. The routes of numerous explorers are identified. The map extends to include all of the Baja. Map published by J.H. Colton & Co. The book has 824 pages, numerous illustrations and two maps, the one previously mentioned, and a single page Map of San Francisco. Frank Soule, John H. Gihon and James Nisbet, D. Appleton and Co., New York, San Francisco and London. All edges gilt (T.E.G.). Hardbound in original brown morocco with gilt title on spine. 8vo. (6 x 9").

References: Wheat (TMW) #798; Wagner-Camp #234:1.

Condition: A

Map is near fine with only a small amount of faint offsetting. The rest of the book's contents have scattered foxing. The covers have minor shelf wear and rubbing, the spine and binding are sound. There is a private library label pasted down inside the front cover.

Estimate: $700 - $800


Closed on 5/7/2008