Auction 142, Lot 205

"Sketch of Part of the March & Wagon Road of Lt. Colonel Cooke, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Pacific Ocean, 1846-7 [with] Report of Liet. Col. P. St. George Cooke of His March from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to San Diego, Upper California", U.S. War Department

Subject: Southwestern United States

Period: 1847 (dated)

Publication: HR Doc 41, 30th Congress, 1st Sess.

Color: Black & White

Size:
22.8 x 11.5 inches
57.9 x 29.2 cm

In 1846, when Stephen W. Kearny led the Army of the West in the conquest of New Mexico and California he was accompanied by officers of the Corps of Topographical Engineers. Lt. W.H. Emory followed Kearny across the desert and produced the Expedition's main map. L. Col. Phillip, Lt. George Cooke and the "Mormon Battalion" took a more southerly route through the Guadeloupe Mountains and Tucson and produced this modest but important map. It records only the country he actually saw; the exception being a dotted line inscribed "Believed by M. Leoux to be an open prairie good route if water is found sufficient." Antoine Leroux was a famed mountain man who was acting as guide for the expedition, but he was wrong about that alternate route. Wheat finds this to be a "magnificent achievement" drawing public attention to a stretch deemed essential for a wagon and rail route that was later included in the Gadsden Purchase. The map terminates at the Pima Villages on the Gila (near present day Phoenix) where he picked up Kearney's trail. This lot includes the scarce original report by Cooke, consisting of the title page and pages 551 - 562. Disbound.

References: Wheat (TMW) #505.

Condition: C+

The map has a clean 9" fold separation at left fold from the bottom to just north of Tucson. There is also a 4.5" separation at the fold below the title, with scattered foxing and toning. Report is disbound. Map and report are housed in an attractive, contemporary brown clamshell folder.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/28/2012

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