Auction 137, Lot 261

"Map of the Territory West of the Rocky Mountains", Bonneville, Benjamin L. E. de

Subject: Northwestern United States

Period: 1837 (published)

Publication: The Rocky Mountains…

Color: Black & White

16.5 x 17.3 inches
41.9 x 43.9 cm

This map was published in Washington Irving's important book based on the explorations of Capt. Bonneville. The map extends from Monterey, California to Cape Flattery and inland to Flathead Lake in today's Montana. The Great Salt Lake is named Lake Bonneville, with no mention of Utah Lake. The map locates and names the Salmon, Boise, Malade, Snake, Columbia and Flat Head Rivers. Several dead-end rivers and lakes are shown in the Great Basin area including Lost River, Ashley's Lake, Battle Lake, and the Mary or Ogden's River. It describes the territories of the Shoshoco, Eutaw, Too-el-Iican, Skynses, Flat Head, Pends Oreilles, Wallawallah and Bannack Indians. Of navigational importance to the western immigrants are the three buttes located in the Lava Plains of Idaho. Among his discoveries, Bonneville is credited with finding the Humboldt and San Joaquin Rivers. An important map for any collector of western material.

References: Wheat (TMW) #424.

Condition: B+

Nice impression with some light offsetting and a few small spots. The binder’s trim is nearly to the neatline at right. Issued folded.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $425

Closed on 9/14/2011