Auction 137, Lot 339

"Map of the Territory of New Mexico, Made by Order of Brig. Gen. S. W. Kearny…", Abert & Peck

Subject: New Mexico

Period: 1846-47 (dated)

Publication: Senate Executive Document No. 23, 30th Congress, 1st Session

Color: Black & White

19.75 x 25 inches
50.2 x 63.5 cm

During the War with Mexico, Lieutenants Abert and Peck were en route to the Pacific with Lieut. Emory as part of General Kearny's Army of the West, but the two were left behind due to illness. After their recovery, they continued their surveying efforts started earlier on Fremont's third expedition. The resulting map is a very detailed look at the Rio Grande Valley and some adjacent areas including the pueblos of Laguna and Acoma. This important map, illustrated in Wheat, is roughly centered on Santa Fe. It details the territory along the Rio Grande from above Taos, south to well below Socorro and San Antonio, to the ruins at Valverde. Excellent detail of the topography and watershed to either side of the river with the mountains shown via hachure. Filled with place names including numerous villages and small towns, the Comanche Route from Arkansas, etc. Blank areas to the west and north are labeled Navajo Indians and Utah Indians.

References: Wheat (TMW) 532; Wagner-Camp-Becker 143; Howes A11.

Condition: B+

Nice example. There is a small tear on left-hand, binding side that extends 2" into blank space of map image, repaired on verso with archival tape. Issued folded.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/14/2011