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Auction 151, Lot 261

"Map of the Territory of New Mexico, made by order of Brig. Gen. S. W. Kearney… [with] Report of Lieut. J. W. Abert, of his Examination of New Mexico, in the Years 1846-47", Abert & Peck

Subject: New Mexico

Period: 1846-47 (dated)

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

Color: Black & White

19.5 x 25 inches
49.5 x 63.5 cm

During the War with Mexico, Lieutenants Abert and Peck were enroute to the Pacific with Lieut. Emory as part of General Kearny's Army of the West, but the two were left behind due to illness. They took the opportunity to continue their survey efforts earlier started on Fremont's third expedition. The resulting map is a very detailed look at the Rio Grande Valley and some adjacent areas including the pueblos of Laguna and Acoma. This important map, illustrated in Wheat, is roughly centered on Santa Fe. It details the territory along the Rio Grande from above Taos south to well below Socorro and San Antonio to the ruins at Valverde. Excellent detail of the topography and watershed to either side of the river with the mountains shown via hachure. Filled with place names including numerous villages and small towns, and the Comanche Route from Arkansas. Blank areas to the west and north are labeled Navajo Indians and Utah Indians. This map was issued with Emory's Notes of a Military Reconnaissance in 1848. 10,000 copies were produced for this House of Representatives edition. This lot includes the unbound Abert's report. Unbound, title page, pages 417 - 614, 24 plates, 7.3 X 4.3" The plates include: Santa Fe; O-CUM-WHO-WUST; Old Bark's Son AH-MAH-NAH-CO and Squaw; Las Cumbres Espanolas; San Miguel; Ruins of Pecos; The Gold Mountains near Tuerto; Fort Marcy and the Parraquia - Santa Fe; San Felippe; Pueblo de Santo Domingo; Pueblo de Santa Ana; Moquino; Acoma, No. 1; Acoma, No. 2; Acoma, No. 3; View near Rito; El Canon Inferno; Ruins of Abo; Bosque de Apache; Valverde, and four more. Historical and important map complete with its report.

References: Wheat (TMW) 532; Wagner-Camp-Becker 148.5; Howes E145

Condition: B+

The map is very good with light toning along a few folds, one tiny split at a fold intersection, and an archivally repaired tear that enters 3" into map at top left. Disbound text and plates have occasional light scattered foxing, otherwise clean and bright.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $500

Closed on 11/19/2014