Auction 139, Lot 189

"Map of Upper California by the U. S. Ex. Ex. And Best Authorities", Wilkes, Charles

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1849 (dated)


Color: Black & White

11.3 x 8.5 inches
28.7 x 21.6 cm

This map covers all the American West south of 42° N. and west of the Anahuac Mountains (the Rockies) with by far the greatest detail in California, particularly in the Gold Region. In this later edition, the Colorado River has a more accurate course through today's northern Arizona. The map was drawn almost entirely from Fremont's maps of 1845 and 1848, replicating Fremont's famous topographical error, showing an east-west mountain range across the unexplored area of the Great Basin. The course of Mary's River (Humboldt River) is depicted with relative accuracy. Los Angeles is a tiny Pueblo de los Angelos.

References: cf. Wheat (TMW) #654; cf. Wheat (Gold) #135.

Condition: A

Light even-aged toning and issued folding.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $240

Closed on 2/15/2012