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Auction 152, Lot 293

Colton's Rare Map Depicting the Gold Region of California

"Map of California, Oregon, Texas, and the Territories Adjoining with Routes &c.", Colton, Joseph Hutchins

Subject: Western United States & Mexico

Period: 1849 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

18.1 x 20.8 inches
46 x 52.8 cm
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This map was issued to meet the huge demand for information concerning the gold deposits in California and was published in J. Quinn Thornton's Oregon and California in 1848. According to Wheat, it is a combination of 1848 maps by Fremont and Tanner one year prior to statehood. It covers the western United States from Independence, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. Several overland trails are depicted including the Oregon Trail, Fremont's route and Kearney's route. Numerous Indian tribes are located and a table at top indicates the distances from New York and Panama to points west. Published by D. Appleton & Co.

References: Wheat (TMW) #593; Wheat (Gold) #73; Howes #T223.

Condition: B+

Light toning along the folds, a few tiny splits at fold intersections, one small hole in the right border, and light staining in the border at bottom right.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/18/2015