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Auction 183, Lot 156

"Map of Minnesota Territory by J.H. Young", Cowperthwait, Desilver & Butler

Subject: Minnesota & Dakotas

Period: 1854 (circa)

Publication: New Universal Atlas

Color: Hand Color

16.1 x 12.8 inches
40.9 x 32.5 cm
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While this map bears a copyright date of 1850, it was published circa 1854 with the imprint of Cowperthwait, Desilver & Butler. Development is mostly confined to the southern and eastern regions bordering the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. The large regions to the west are labeled Pembina and Blue Earth and each is described as a "region abounding in Buffalo." The map locates many Indian tribes including the Assiniboine, Yanktonan, and Chippeway and shows the the large area recently ceded by the Dakota Indians in red outline color. Along the Missouri River a number of forts are located and named including Aux Cedres, Lookout, Pierre Choteau, Clarke, and Mandan (noted as the wintering place of Lewis and Clarke in 1804-05). Surrounded by a decorative border.


Condition: B+

Contemporary color with minor foxing and light toning mostly along the sheet edges. Binding holes and some small edge chips are confined to the top blank margin.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/9/2021