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Auction 168, Lot 211

"[Lot of 3] Territory of Arizona [and] Map of the Navajo Country Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah [and] Clason's Guide Map of Arizona",

Subject: Southwestern United States

Period: 1905-20 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

29.5 x 22.9 inches
74.9 x 58.2 cm

A. Territory of Arizona, by General Land Office, dated 1905 (16.8 x 20.3"). A colorful and fascinating map that provides a detailed look at the territory just seven years before statehood. The extent of nine Indian reservations and three Military reservations, including Fort Apache, and numerous National Forest Reserves are clearly shown in different colors. Private claims, confirmed and unconfirmed, are outlined in red. The Grand Canyon Forest Reserve is shown. Brown hachured mountainous areas and blue waterways combine to provide great visual impact. Details include watershed, mountains, railroads, wagon roads, private claims, unsurveyed townships, etc. This map initially appears identical to the 1903 edition, but closer study shows subtle but important differences. Drawn by Daniel O'Hare, and lithographed by the Norris Peters Co., Photo-Litho. Condition: Issued folding with vivid color. There is minor offsetting, faint toning along the folds, and a couple short edge tears in the right blank margin that have been closed on verso with archival tape. (A)

B. Map of the Navajo Country Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), dated 1916 (29.5 x 22.9"). This detailed map of the Navajo Indian Reservation covers northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, and southeastern Utah. It depicts roads, streams, trails, bridges, mines, public buildings. etc. as well as the routes of the scientific explorations before 1909. This map was plate #1 in Water Supply Paper #380. Pasted on top of the map are six manuscript graphs displaying average monthly rainfall for different regions. Condition: Issued folding with faint toning, minor soiling, and several tiny splits at fold intersections that have been closed on verso with archival tape. (B+)

C. Clason's Guide Map of Arizona, by Clason Map Company, circa 1920 (14.9 x 17.6"). This folding pocket map is complete with descriptive booklet, "Clason's Arizona Green Guide" (4 x 6.3"). The map delineates early Automobile Roads and Main Automobile Roads via red overprinted lines of different sizes. The transportation network contains a remarkable number of roads and highways. The legend also locates the state capital (Phoenix), county lines, county seats, railroads, rail trunk lines, Indian reservations, and National Forests. The map shows Greenlee County, created from part of Graham County in 1909. Folds into paper covers with 32-page booklet "Showing all the Best Roads Clason's Arizona Green Guide…" which includes full-page city plans of Tucson and Phoenix. This scarce Clason issue is not dated but shows the Grand Canyon National Park (created 1919), but not the Navajo Bridge at Lee's Ferry which was opened in 1929. Condition: Issued folding with a couple of faint stains. Booklet pages are moderately toned. (A)



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Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/6/2018