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Auction 128, Lot 279

"Map to Illustrate Capt. Bonneville's Adventures among the Rocky Mountains, Compiled by J.H. Colton", Irving, Washington

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1857 (published)

Publication: Irving's Adventures of Captain Bonneville

Color: Black & White

18.5 x 12 inches
47 x 30.5 cm
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This interesting map is based on Fremont's map delineating the region west of the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean. It features the new gold region of California and notes Sutter's Fort. Map details the expedition route of Captain Benjamin Bonneville who explored the American West from 1832-1836. The expedition party traveled parallel to the course of the Snake and the Columbia Rivers, going as far as Fort Walla Walla before turning back. Fremont's route through California is shown, as well as Kearny's route which is noted along the Gila River.

The map is still bound in the original "The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the Far West" (5.3 x 7.5"). Published complete in one volume, this is the 1857 "Author's Revised Edition" of Irving's popular works that provides a historical account of Bonneville's three year exploration of the Rocky Mountains. Bonneville did not submit any reports to his superiors in Washington during his hiatus, thus causing the U.S. Army to declare him "virtually deceased," and subsequently removed from the military roster. Hardbound, 12mo, 428 pp, gilt title on spine and heavy embossed design on covers. A historical and desirable map complete in the original volume.

References: Wagner-Camp #67:14.

Condition: B+

Map is very good less a binding trim tear and two chips on left margin. A little light occasional foxing in text, but most pages are clean and bright. Covers a little sunned or faded.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $230

Closed on 5/20/2009