Auction 134, Lot 231

"Map of Colorado Territory, and Northern Portion of New Mexico Showing the System of Parcs", Gilpin, William

Subject: Colorado

Period: 1873 (published)

Publication: Mission of the North American People, Geographical, Social and Political

Color: Hand Color

20.8 x 20.3 inches
52.8 x 51.6 cm

William Gilpin was the first governor of the State of Colorado and a proponent of the concept of Manifest Destiny and of a transcontinental railway. This map is based on a similar map issued by Jacob Monk in 1865 and shows all of Colorado and part of northern New Mexico. It illustrates the continental divide and four major Parcs; North, Middle, South and San Luis [Valley]. Lesser parks are also noted, as are the status of public land surveys, military posts, mines, and towns. Locates the Denver and Rio Grande, Joseph & Denver, Kansas Pacific, Leavenworth & Denver, Union Pacific, and Denver Pacific railroads, plus a few others. A fascinating map that should be part of any Colorado collection. Printed by the J.B. Lippincott company. A scarce issue.


Condition: B+

Folding as issued with toning on upper horizontal fold and a couple of small fold intersection splits. Very strong original hand color and crisp impression with full margins. Previously bound into book from center panel, resulting in two short tears from binding trims.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $800

Closed on 12/1/2010