Dorothy Sloan -- Books

AUCTION 18

Texas, California, the Southwest U.S., Mexico & the Borderlands:
Interesting books, broadsides, maps & ephemera

Lot 45

“Of towering significance in the cartographic history of West”—Wheat

45. [MAP]. EMORY, W. H. Military Reconnaissance of the Arkansas Rio del Norte and Rio Gila by W. H. Emory, Lieut. Top. Engrs. Assisted from Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe by Lieuts. J. W. Abert and W. G. Peck, and from Santa Fé to San Diego on the Pacific by Lieut. W. H. Warner and Mr. Norman Bestor, Made in 1846-7, with the Advance Guard of the “Army of the West”. Under Command of Brig. Gen. Stephn. W. Kearny Constructed under the Orders of Col. J. J. Abert Ch. Corps Top. Engrs. 1847 Drawn by Joseph Welch. Engraved on Stone by E. Weber & Co. Baltimore. Lithograph map. 76.8 x 183.5 cm; 30-1/4 x 72-1/4 inches. Slightly browned at folds, occasional short splits at folds (a few minor losses). Seldom found in such good condition, due to the friable paper on which the maps was printed and the stresses to which copies of the map were subjected because of folding and unfolding such an enormous map.

      This landmark map is found in Notes of a Military Reconnoissance...(Washington, 1848). See Zamorano 80 #37. Emory's large map was the first accurate depiction of the territory between Santa Fe and Southern California. California 49: Forty-Nine Maps of California from the Sixteenth Century to the Present 26. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 544 & III, pp. 4-8: “His map was epoch-making...it tied the country together on a route at its extreme south, and was to become of great value when the boundary of the United States and Mexico was traced a few years later.... In many respects, Emory’s map was the most important milestone in the cartographic development and accurate delineation of the Southwest.... The map of Lieutenant Emory is a document of towering significance in the cartographic history of West.” This detailed map would soon provide vital information for anxious gold seekers taking the southern route to the diggings. ($600-1,200)

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