Auction 149, Lot 98

"[Lot of 2] Map of North America in which are Delineated the Mountain System as a Unit, the Great Calcareous Plain and its Details… [and] Map of North America Delineating the Mountain System and its Details, the Great Calcareous Plain as a Unit…", Gilpin, William

Subject: North America

Period: 1873 (published)

Publication: Mission of the North American People, Geographical, Social and Political

Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 23.8 inches
56.6 x 60.5 cm

An uncommon set of maps drawn on the same base map. William Gilpin was the first governor of the state of Colorado and a proponent of the concept of Manifest Destiny, the transcontinental railway and a westward expansion of the United States. He had radical ideas on how America should be populated, and why, and to support his theories he did a series of maps including these two. Interestingly, they were some of the first to show economic potential for the West and to think in terms of regional resources and climates. The first map uses bold coloring to suggest related regions. The second map shows the West in a more granular view of the region. Both use concentric circles, which Gilpin used to represent the future population density with the center of population at Topeka, Kansas. Blank versos.


Condition: B

Vibrant original color with light toning along the folds and several short fold separations and two tiny tears that have been mostly closed on verso with archival tape. Issued folding.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/21/2014