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Auction 125, Lot 208

"Map of the United States and Their Territories Between the Mississippi and the Pacific Ocean and Part of Mexico Compiled from Surveys…", Emory, William Hemsley

Subject: Western United States and Mexico

Period: 1857-8 (dated)

Publication: Mexican Boundary Survey

Color: Black & White

23 x 20.3 inches
58.4 x 51.6 cm

This map is the culmination of fifty years of government exploration in the West and is one of the foundation maps for the western United States. Starting with Lewis and Clark, there were numerous official and unofficial surveys and explorations, all adding to the pool of knowledge presented here. While large sections are still labeled "unexplored territory," Emory combined these fragments with the information gathered during his surveys into a reasonably correct cartographic picture of the West. This map shows the large, transitional territories of Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, Washington and Minnesota. It was drawn by Thomas Jekyll under the supervision of Lt. Nathaniel Michler of the Topographical Engineers. Lt. Michler worked with his counterpart representing Mexico, Captain Francisco Jimenez, to survey between Nogales and Yuma including the area south of Arivaca.

References: Wheat (TMW) #916.

Condition: B+

Issued folding. There are a couple minor spots in the map and the upper margin is toned along the edge, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $300 - $400


Closed on 9/24/2008