Auction 126, Lot 204

"Map of the Territory of Minnesota Exhibiting the Route of the Expedition to the Red River of the North, in the Summer of 1849", Pope, John

Subject: Minnesota

Period: 1849 (dated)

Publication: Senate Doc. 42, 3lst Congress, 1st Session

Color: Black & White

28 x 24.7 inches
71.1 x 62.7 cm

A foundation map for Minnesota from Pope's Report of an Exploration of the Territory of Minnesota. It is based on Nicollet's earlier "Map of the Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi River." Pope has increased the coverage to include the Lake of the Woods and Canada (British Possessions), and added much new information on rivers and lakes. This is considered the first published map to show the newly formed territory by itself. It details Pope's route from Fort Snelling to the Red River and back. Proposed lines of railroad grants are noted and there is terrific detail of the hydrography and topography. Drawn by P.S. Morawski. A historically important map.

References: Karrow No.7-0659; Phillips (M) p.432.

Condition: A+

Beautiful example on clean, bright paper. Folding as issued. A little glue residue at binding trim where previously attached to report.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $500

Closed on 12/3/2008