Auction 133, Lot 203

"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)

Publication: United States Geolographical Surveys

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. This is a single tint lithographed map printed by the Graphic Co. Photo-Lith. 39 & 41 Park Place, N.Y. The map was prepared by Weyss, Thompson & Lang.

References: Wheat [TMW] #1292.

Condition: A

The map image is fine less a short marginal fold split which reaches the border. On thick paper with wide margins. A crease in left margin.

Estimate: $230 - $275

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/1/2010