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Auction 171, Lot 304

"Map of a Part of the Territory of Washington to Accompany Report of Surveyor General", Tilton, James

Subject: Washington Territory

Period: 1855 (dated)


Color: Black & White

19.4 x 14.6 inches
49.3 x 37.1 cm
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This uncommon map was executed by James Tilton, Surveyor General, from the Olympia office. This is the first GLO map of Washington Territory, issued just 28 months after its creation. The map shows limited survey progress with modest detail west of the Cascades. In the east, only major rivers are shown. Several forts (Steilacom, Nisqually, Walla Walla, and Townsend) are located, and Seattle is labeled Statle. The legend at upper right identifies surveyed lines, surveys under progress, townships subdivided, and proposed surveying for the 1856 & 57 season. This historical and infrequently offered map (this is the first example to come through our offices in over a decade) is well-drawn on a scale of 1"=18 miles.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with some minor to light toning along the edges and folds and some short fold separations.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $190

Closed on 2/6/2019