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Auction 130, Lot 183

"Phelps & Watson's Historical and Military Map of the Border & Southern States", Watson, Gaylord

Subject: Eastern United States, Civil War

Period: 1867 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

35.5 x 24.8 inches
90.2 x 63 cm
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This post-Civil War edition presents the war's battles marked throughout the map with red dots. At lower right is an extensive list of "Battles of the War," with the last part of the list in the Gulf of Mexico. The last battle listed is the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in May 1864. The map extends north into Lake Erie and west to include most of Texas, Indian Territory, Kansas, and Nebraska. In Florida the map ends in the vicinity of Bayport and Mellon with an inset on the same scale completing the state to Key West and Dry Tortugas. Copyright 1862, the map was regularly updated during and immediately after the war, this being the final edition. Many place names, and the railroads are well delineated but are not named. In this edition the title above the upper neatline exactly matches the title on the map. Surrounded by decorative border with corner graphic elements. Folds into orange pictorial covers featuring an Army camp with a large U.S. Flag above. Inside the 36pp booklet provides a "Brief Description of Battles and Skirmishes of the War" in chronological order ending with the Death of President Lincoln; the surrender of Generals Smith, Johnston and Taylor, and finally the "Grand Review at Washington."


Condition: B+

Beautiful, early impression and fine original hand color. A portion of a fold line with light toning and several small fold intersection splits which are closed on verso with archival tape, and long binding trim tear also closed on verso. The map presents better than the report suggests. The paper boards are a little soiled with the tips bumped. Booklet is very good and clean throughout save for the end pages.

Estimate: $600 - $900

Sold for: $450

Closed on 12/2/2009