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Auction 181, Lot 125

"Map of the Oregon Territory by the U.S. Ex. Ex.", Wilkes, Charles

Subject: Northwestern United States & Canada

Period: 1841 (dated)

Publication: Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition…

Color: Black & White

13.1 x 8.3 inches
33.3 x 21.1 cm

This is a reduced version of one of the most detailed nineteenth century maps of the Northwest region. It covers the entire region west from the Black Hills, north to above the fiftieth parallel, and south to the Sacramento River. Wilkes' expedition did not enter the Great Basin or any part of the Snake River Basin; instead Wilkes relied on other sources including Jedediah Smith and oral information from Hudson Bay trappers he met on the Columbia River. Although the map contains several errors, the areas of today's Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are remarkably well mapped. At left is a large inset of the Columbia River from Ft. Walla Walla to its mouth, where one of Wilkes' ships, the Peacock, was lost on the famous Columbia Bar. According to Wheat, the full version of this map had much influence on later maps of the region. Engraved by Edward Yeager.

References: cf. Wheat (TMW) #457.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with light extraneous creasing adjacent to the folds and a 2.5" edge tear at lower left that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/10/2021