Auction 125, Lot 205

"Map of Upper California by the U.S. Ex. Ex. And Best Authorities", Wilkes, Charles

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1841 (dated)

Publication: Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition

Color: Black & White

11.2 x 8.3 inches
28.4 x 21.1 cm

This pre-Fremont map covers all the American West south of 42°. N. and west of the Rocky (Anahuac) Mountains, with by far the greatest detail in California. The Colorado River is shown trending in an oddly straight course. The Great Basin is called the Great Sandy Basin and is crossed by Smith's Track. Notes explain the unknown qualities of the land and describe the Indians as "the most miserable objects of creation". Later editions locate a tiny Pueblo de los Angeles, missing from this first edition.

References: Wheat (TMW) #458; Wheat (Gold) #23.

Condition: A

Very nice example with full margins, sound paper and nice impression. With a trace of offsetting visible in blank areas, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $210

Closed on 9/24/2008