Auction 125, Lot 195

"Nebraska and Kanzas", Colton, Joseph Hutchins

Subject: Central United States

Period: 1855 (dated)

Publication: Atlas of the World

Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 12.5 inches
39.4 x 31.8 cm

This is the first edition of this important and early map of the transitional territories of Nebraska and Kanzas. In 1854, the United States passed An Act to Organize the Territories of Nebraska and Kansas with this configuration. That act also repealed the Missouri Compromise, allowing slavery in the territories north of the 36° 30´N latitude, provoking violence in the region between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers. Nebraska is shown as a massive territory, its northern border with Canada. It incorporates the Dakotas west of the Missouri, Wyoming and part of Colorado. Kansas also reaches west to include part of present-day Colorado. Minnesota Territory is shown at its largest extent, with its western border on the Missouri River. The map is surrounded in Colton's trademark strap work border and the verso is blank.

References: Blevins, Mapping Wyoming #96.

Condition: A

Very nice example with good original color and full margins. Margins with a little edge toning and a few spots, map image fine.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/24/2008