Auction 169, Lot 202

"Countries Bordering on the Mississipi and Missouri [bound in] Journal of a Tour Into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw...", Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe

Subject: Central United States

Period: 1821 (published)


Color: Black & White

14.5 x 11.9 inches
36.8 x 30.2 cm

This uncommon map details the heart of the United States, from the region of present-day North Dakota to Lake Erie in the north, and from San Antonio to the Georgia and Florida coast in the south. The boundaries and internal political divisions of Arkansas and Missouri are unique to this map. Their western boundary is defined by the "Osage Boundary" shown at 94°W longitude. Arkansas contains two districts, namely Arkansas and Lawrence, and Missouri contains Cape Girardeau, St. Louis and Howard districts. To the west is an immense Missouri Territory which in turn incorporates a large but ill-defined Dewalieierres Grant with no mention of Texas or Cenis. The "Extended [Indian] Boundary by various Treaties" wanders through Indiana and Ohio and is loosely associated with the north-south Osage Boundary. In the area of Texas, the outward and homeward routes for Pike's expedition are delineated, many forts are named, and the Haywa Wanderings and the Haytones Wandering Grounds are located. Early wagon roads and trails noted, as are early towns and cities as far north as Cleveland. Imprint below neatline "Published Jany. 15, 1821 by Sir Richd. Phillips & Co. London."

The map is bound it the original Journal of a Tour into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansas, from Potosi, or Mine a Burton, in Missouri Territory, in a South-West Direction, toward the Rocky Mountains; Performed in the Years 1818 and 1819. This is Schoolcraft's log detailing his remarkable 90-day expedition. Disbound, 102 pages. Also includes 26 pages of text at the end entitled "Voyage from France to Cochin-China."

References: Wagner & Camp #21; Howes S185.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with light offsetting and a 1" binding tear at right that has been closed on verso with archival tape. Disbound report is also very good with a few spots of foxing and some offsetting at the bottom of the title page only.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/12/2018