Auction 139, Lot 780

"Map of the United States and Territories, Showing the Extent of Public Surveys and Other Details [with] Report of the Commissioner of General Land Office to the Secretary of the Interior for the Year 1869", General Land Office

Subject: Exploration and Surveys

Period: 1870 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

55 x 28 inches
139.7 x 71.1 cm

Between 1866 and 1870, the General Land Office issued a series of maps to illustrate the progress of public surveys, the progress of the railroad system, and the locations of Land Offices, western Land Grants, and mineral deposits. These remarkable maps, and the accompanying reports, provide a detailed view of the westward expansion that followed the Civil War. The maps and reports were distributed both domestically and internationally as incentive to investment and immigration.

This final edition shows the progress of the surveys and settlement as of 1869.. The legend identifies 15 different features including gold, silver, copper, iron and tin deposits with very good detail of the surveying efforts that were underway from Ohio west to California. The map also shows the Transcontinental Railroad with flags delineating the progress of the lines. Included with the map is a detailed 406 pp report of the General Land Office in 1869, which discusses the progress made in surveying public lands in both states and territories. The report covers a host of topics including immigration, geological interests, mining claims, the railway system and more. This edition is much less common than the earlier editions. Hardbound in green gilt-stamped cloth with some pages of tables at the end of the book


Condition: B

Condition code is for the map. Very clean image with some small short splits at fold intersections and a few clean separations that just enter the image. There is a one-inch binding tear that just enters the image. The report is in very good condition with some very minor wear on the covers

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $400

Closed on 2/15/2012