Auction 129, Lot 243

"Map Showing Routes of the River and Land Parties Engaged in Exploring the Grand Canon of the Colorado", Wheeler, George (Lt)

Subject: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Period: 1871 (dated)


Color: Black & White

16.3 x 15 inches
41.4 x 38.1 cm

This is the map of Wheeler's epic journey in 1871 up the Colorado River from Camp Mohave (near Needles, California) to Diamond Creek. Published in 1878, it shows the course of the Colorado River from the California line to about midway up the Grand Canyon. Disaster, Portage, Castaway, Cascade, Winding, Roaring, and Long Rapids, Vernal Falls, the 1871 Rendezvous, and more are located. The routes of several prior expeditions are noted including those of Whipple, Sitgreaves, Ives, and Wheeler in 1869. A table lists the dates and camps of the river party, each keyed to the map. Detailed geographic information makes this a valuable record of western exploration.

References: Wheat [TMW] #1292.

Condition: B+

The map image is fine with no flaws. On a folding sheet with fold splits in margins as generally seen on this thick paper.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/23/2009