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Auction 181, Lot 763


"[Lot of 2] Mapping the West - America's Westward Movement 1524-1890 [and] The Mapping of California as an Island – An Illustrated Checklist",

Subject: References, Western U.S. & California

Period: 1995-2002 (published)



See Description

A) Mapping the West - America's Westward Movement 1524-1890, by Paul E. Cohen, published 2002, printed color (9.4 x 10.9"). This elegantly laid out reference contains 65 full-color reproductions of maps of the American West, starting with Cortes' map of the Gulf of Mexico and plan of Mexico City (1524) and ending with a map of the United States by the General Land Office (1890). It includes essays from 19 experts, divided into the following categories: Discovering the West; European Mapping of the West; Staking Claims; The Maps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; Landmark Maps of the West; Military and Commercial Mapmaking; Routes Westward; The Mexican War and Its Aftermath; Mapping the Territories; Railroads, Rivers, and States; and The End of the Frontier. This is the first time several of these maps have been shown. Noted collector David Rumsey wrote the introduction. Hardbound with embossed title on front cover and gilt titles on spine. Illustrated dust jacket. 208 pages.

B) The Mapping of California as an Island – An Illustrated Checklist, by Glen McLaughlin, published 1995, black & white (8.5 x 11.0”). Glen McLaughlin's contribution to the carto-bibliography of maps featuring the mythical island of California has become the definitive reference on the subject. It lists 249 maps, with an additional six in celestial charts, seventeen on title pages, and one on a silver medal. It is indexed by title and by name, including cartographers, engravers, and publishers. Most of the entries are accompanied by black and white illustrations. 134 pages plus appendices, bound in soft pictorial covers. Signed by the author on front endpaper.


Condition: A

Both near fine.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/10/2021