Auction 128, Lot 265

"Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique du Territoire d'Arkansas", Buchon, Jean Alexandre

Subject: Southcentral United States, Arkansas

Period: 1825 (published)

Publication: Atlas Geographique, Statistique, Historique et Chronologique…

Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 14 inches
36.3 x 35.6 cm

Reflecting Stephen H. Long's exploratory expedition, this is an important map of the early western territories. The Long expedition ranks with the expeditions of Lewis & Clark and Zebulon Pike in important explorations of the Transmississippi West. Among other important aspects of the map are the depictions of the major rivers crossing the plains. The map extends to the headwaters of the Missouri in the north and to Santa Fe in the south. The plains are labeled Grand Desert, a term coined by Long. Numerous Indian villages are shown based on information gained from the Lewis and Clark expedition, and other important exploration routes are shown. The map shows a large Arkansas Territory extending to include present-day Oklahoma and an early Missouri western border. The western portions of the map are identical to Long's map of 1823, also published by Carey & Lea. French text surrounds the map on three sides of the large folio sheet (24 x 17.8"). The map was originally engraved by Young & Delleker in 1822, and published by Carey and Lea. This is the French version.

References: Phillips (A) 1176-39; cf Wheat (TMW) 348.

Condition: B+

Lightly toned with original color and a couple faint spots in the map.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $275

Closed on 5/20/2009