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Auction 156, Lot 235

"Map Showing Country Explored by John Charles Fremont 1841-1854 Inclusive", Fremont, John Charles

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1887 (circa)

Publication: Memoirs of My Life

Color: Black & White

25 x 24.3 inches
63.5 x 61.7 cm

A very scarce map distilling all of the information from Fremont's expeditions in the West from 1841 to 1854, extending from about Kansas to California and Oregon, including the regions of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, a portion of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas and Nevada. The topography is very detailed, particularly in Arizona, noting the San Francisco Peaks, and in the southern part of the state, Mt. Graham is named near Tussone and Tubac. Only one volume of Fremont's autobiography was published in 1887, just three years before his death in 1890. His wife, Jessie Benton Fremont helped him write this book and wrote several works that give information about her husband's career. Fremont and his colleagues covered some 10,000 miles between the frontiers of the Missouri and the shores of the Pacific. Fremont's report of 1845 was the most widely read account of the West before the gold rush, and its contents and maps had a profound effect on the development of emigration routes. The expedition party included such notable explorers as the German topographical surveyor Charles Preuss, the American guides L. Maxwell and Christopher Kit Carson and the celebrated botanist John Torrey. Engraved by A. Zeese.

References: Howes #F367.

Condition: B+

A clean sheet, issued folding and now flattened with faint toning along one fold. There are several short splits along the same fold that have been repaired on verso with archival material, and some light creasing along the top of the sheet.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/17/2016