Auction 157, Lot 351

Colton's 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

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 Harper & Brothers in New York.

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

Condition: B

Issued folding with light toning along the folds and sheet edges. There are several small folds separations and a 4" binding tear at right that have all been closed on verso with archival tape. Trimmed to neatline at right.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 5/4/2016