Auction 159, Lot 225

"[Lot of 2] Johnson's Washington and Oregon [and] Johnson's Washington Oregon and Idaho",

Subject: Northwestern United States

Period: 1861-64 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 12.4 inches
41.4 x 31.5 cm

A. Johnson's Washington and Oregon, by Johnson & Browning, circa 1861. A handsome and colorful map of the Pacific Northwest with Washington Territory wrapping around Oregon and extending south to Utah and east to Nebraska Territory. County development is mostly limited to the coastal areas. At the time of publication, Oregon was a state, but the county configuration here is only current up to 1856, when it was still a territory. Josephine County has formed out of Jackson, but their positions are reversed. Very little information is displayed in the area of today's Idaho except for Fort Hall, the nearby Cantonment Loring, and an early reference to Soda Springs as "Beer or Soda Springs." The map locates numerous forts including Boise, Benton, Owen, Colville, and Hall. The important landmarks of Three Buttes and the Three Tetons are noted in the lower portion of Washington Territory. Condition: There are a few spots of foxing and a light crease in the bottom left corner of the sheet.

B. Johnson's Washington Oregon and Idaho, by Johnson & Ward, circa 1864. A nice map of the northwest, with an enlarged Idaho Territory incorporating present-day western Montana. Gold discoveries in Clearwater Country, Idaho, in September 1860 led to an influx of thousand of miners into the region. Idaho was organized as a territory in July 1863 and Montana was separated as a territory in May 1864, thus this map was issued for only a short period of time. The areas of the Solomon River and the Nez Perce mines are shown as are other mining centers. Fort Boise is shown on the Oregon & Idaho border. Condition: There are light damp stains in the blank margins and along the left border.


Condition: B+

See description above.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/14/2016