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Auction 146, Lot 191

"[Lot of 2] Johnson's New Map of the State of Texas [and] Johnson's California Territories of New Mexico and Utah", Johnson & Ward

Subject: Southwestern United States

Period: 1862 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Family Atlas of the World

Color: Hand Color

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A. Johnson's New Map of the State of Texas (24.8 x 16.3"). The first edition of this handsome map, with county development mostly in eastern Texas and only the three large counties of El Paso, Presidio, and Bexar in the west. The panhandle, noted as the Staked Plain (Elevated Table Land, without Wood or Water), includes a large section that is unorganized. There are numerous wagon roads, a few completed railroads, and the US Mail Route traced on the chart. Insets include a Plan of Sabine Lake, Plan of the Northern part of Texas, and Plan of Galveston Bay. Surrounded by Johnson's early strapwork border. On verso is text from a Historical and Statistical View of North America. Condition: Light offsetting and toning with a few small spots in the image. There are a few edge tears at bottom confined to the bottom blank margin closed on verso with archival tape.

B. Johnson's California Territories of New Mexico and Utah (24.5 16.8"). This is one of the most desirable editions from this great series of maps covering the Southwest. Arrizona shows up in the southern part of New Mexico Territory. This is thought to represent the Confederate Territory of Arizona that existed for nearly a year from August 1861 until July of 1862. The Confederate General Baylor appointed himself the territorial governor and claimed all of New Mexico Territory south of the 34th parallel. In the southern part of Arizona is the "Gadsden Ten Million Purchase of Mexico." The Utah/Nevada border is too far west on the 116th meridian. Details the Emigrant Road, the Hastings Road, and the routes of numerous explorers and military expeditions. The Gold Region in Colorado's South Park is prominently shown. The map is filled with historic and interesting notations. One note in the area of Quartzite, Arizona refers to the area as being "exceedingly fertile and abundantly timbered and well watered." Additional details include the U.S. Mail routes, the Emigrant road to California, the proposed railroad route through Utah, Nevada and California, and the Pony Express trail, the last time it appears on this series of map. Johnson was diligent in constantly revising his plates with new information. Condition: Light toning with an edge tear at bottom that extends 2" into the image and has been closed on verso with archival tape.

References: cf. Day #1416.

Condition: B+

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Estimate: $500 - $650


Closed on 9/4/2013