Auction 136, Lot 103

Map and Report on the Extermination of the American Bison

"Map Illustrating the Extermination of the American Bison Prepared by W.T. Hornaday", Smithsonian Institute

Subject: North America

Period: 1889 (published)

Publication: Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution

Color: Printed Color

Size:
17.4 x 22 inches
44.2 x 55.9 cm

This poignant map was prepared by W.T. Hornaday for a report to the U.S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution. It traces in red the boundary of the area once inhabited by buffalo. The area outlined in blue and green reflects the tragic and systematic destruction of these herds. The numbers in green represent the location and number of the wild buffalo in existence January 1, 1889. Barely 800 bison were known to exist when this map was published. Complete with its historically important report, "The Extermination of the American Bison, with a Sketch of its Discovery and Life History" contained in the original, full Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution for the Year Ending 1887, Part II, 1889. The text includes 21 plates and provides a historical context for the map. Octavo, 771pp. Hardbound in original government brown pebbled cloth, report and plates, large folding map. Scarce to find the map and complete report together in original binding.

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Condition: A

Map is fine with strong color and impression with a short binding trim tear. Covers with a little shelf wear and spine sunned. Contents tight.

Estimate: $180 - $240

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/1/2011

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