Auction 139, Lot 198

"Johnson's California Territories of New Mexico and Utah", Johnson & Browning

Subject: Southwestern United States

Period: 1861 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Family Atlas

Color: Hand Color

24.5 x 17 inches
62.2 x 43.2 cm

A very nice example of this early map from Johnson's Southwest series. The Confederate Territory of Arizona appears in the southern third of New Mexico Territory. Between August 1861 and July 1862, the Confederate General Baylor appointed himself the territorial governor and claimed all of New Mexico Territory south of the 34th Parallel for the Confederacy. The map names the "Gadsden Ten Million Purchase of Mexico" line between the U.S. and Mexico. Nevada Territory makes an early appearance; its boundary with Utah begins near the Great Salt Lake but wanders south-southwest from Lake Sevier. Hastily added to this plate, 'Nevada' is crudely fitted in an arc between the U and T of Utah. Filled with historical notations, one note near Quartzite, Arizona refers to the area as being "fertile and abundantly timbered and well watered," which it most certainly is not. The Emigrant Road, the Hastings Road, and the routes of numerous explorers and military expeditions are detailed. The Gold Region of present-day Colorado's South Park is prominently shown in what was then Kansas. A superb map of the Southwest.

References: Wheat [TMW] #1027.

Condition: B

Original hand color with a few tiny abrasions near the centerfold, scattered foxing and staining, and light toning. Light soiling in the blank margins.

Estimate: $325 - $400


Closed on 2/15/2012