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Auction 126, Lot 260

"Map of Colorado Territory, and Northern Portion of New Mexico Showing the System of Parcs", Gilpin, William

Subject: Colorado

Period: 1873 (published)

Publication: Mission of the North American People

Color: Hand Color

21 x 20.3 inches
53.3 x 51.6 cm
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William Gilpin was the first governor of the State of Colorado and a proponent of Manifest Destiny and the transcontinental railway. The map is based on a similar map issued by Jacob Monk in 1865 and covers all of Colorado and part of northern New Mexico. It illustrates the continental divide and four major Parcs; North, Middle, South and San Luis [Valley]. Lesser parks are also noted, as are the status of public land surveys, military posts, mines, and towns. Locates the Denver and Rio Grande, Joseph & Denver, Kansas Pacific, Leavenworth & Denver, Union Pacific, and Denver Pacific railroads, plus a few others. A fascinating map that belongs in any Colorado collection. Printed by the J.B. Lippincott company. A scarce issue.


Condition: A

The map has a fine impression and strong color with original margins. Trace of toning along two folds, still very good.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $425

Closed on 12/3/2008