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Auction 167, Lot 168

"[Lot of 3] Territory of New Mexico [and] Map of the Territory of New Mexico [and] Tunison's New Mexico ",

Subject: New Mexico

Period: 1888-1903 (circa)



See Description

A. Territory of New Mexico, by General Land Office, dated 1903, printed color (18.1 x 21.8"). A colorful and fascinating map published only nine years before New Mexico obtained statehood. Shows in incredible detail the extent of existing Indian reservations, Military reservations, Forest Reserves and Private Land Grants through color and hash. Mountains shown by a brown hachure plus all the other colors on the map combine to provide great visual impact. Filled with information on watershed, mountains, railroads, wagon roads, unsurveyed townships, etc. Delineates the short-lived county of Leonard Wood. In 1903, Guadalupe county was renamed Leonard Wood and then reverted to Guadalupe in 1905. The map was compiled by Frank Bond, Chief of Drafting Division.

B. Map of the Territory of New Mexico, by General Land Office, circa 1899, printed color (13.1 x 18.8"). This detailed map identifies 80 mining districts which are listed in a table along the right margin. A note in the lower margin states "Red lines on map indicate springs, running water, and irrigating ditches."

C. Tunison's New Mexico, by H.C. Tunison, circa 1888, hand color (9.8 x 12.1"). In Tunison's style, this is a finely lithographed map with original bright coloring. By this period most mapmakers had adopted printed color rather than the more labor intensive hand coloring employed here. It is decorated with a Victorian style border and title cartouche, which gives the population of New Mexico as 119,565. Shows 14 counties, numerous Indian Reservations, topography, drainage, and more.


Condition: A

All clean, bright examples. The first two were issued folding.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $120

Closed on 3/28/2018