Auction 153, Lot 211

One of the First Geological Maps of the West

"Map Illustrating the General Geological Features of the Country West of the Mississippi River", Hall, James

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1857 (published)

Publication: U.S. and Mexican Boundary Survey, Vol. I

Color: Hand Color

23.3 x 20.3 inches
59.2 x 51.6 cm

This great map of the western United States was one of the first geological maps of the region. It illustrates the many mineral resources that helped spur westward migration and expansion. The legend uses color to identify twelve geological types. The map is also filled with terrific detail of mountains, watersheds, cities and roads. It covers the country from the Ohio River Valley to the Pacific and extends to include the states of Sonora and Chihuahua in Mexico. The political divisions include the large western territories of Washington, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, Nebraska and Kansas. Drawn by Thomas Jekyill. Lithographed by Sarony, Major & Knapp, 449 Broadway, New York.

References: Marcou & Marcou #52; Wheat (TMW) #922; Blevins Wyoming #76.

Condition: B+

Attractive color with light toning along the sheet edges. There is a binding trim at left with a tiny binding tear that just passes the neatline closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $550

Closed on 5/20/2015