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AUCTION 20

52. [MAP]. ENSIGN, BRIDGMAN & FANNING. Map of Minnesota and Part of Wisconsin. Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning, 156 William Street, New York. 1855. [lower cover left above border]: Entered According to Act of Congress, in the Year 1855, by Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court for the Southern District of N.Y. New York, 1855. Lithograph map on bank note paper, original full hand color, bright rose outline color, ornate oak leaf border with agricultural motifs at corners. Border to border: 48.5 x 56 cm. Folded into pocket covers (14 x 9 cm), original slate green cloth, Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning’s Map of Minnesota lettered in gilt on upper cover, both covers blind-embossed, printed leaf affixed to verso of front board: Maps, Charts and Books, Published by Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning, 156 William St., New York.... Covers faded and drab, lightly abraded, and with large light spot on upper cover. Map with one tiny loss at one fold (expertly reinforced), otherwise very fine and crisp.

     A rather early separate map of Minnesota Territory (1849-1858), here concentrating on the all-important rivers and water sources, including the Mississippi, whose headwaters are indicated in the northwest portion of the map. Only a few township ranges are shown as surveyed. Among the settlements are St. Paul, city and town of St. Anthony (future Minneapolis), Stillwater, and Sauk Rapids. Several smaller places, such as Price’s, Olmstead’s, and Atkins’ Trading Post are also located. Finally, Native American villages are shown, indicated by tepees (Indian Village, Black Dog Village, Yankton Village, etc.). This is the beginning of the settlement dream proposed by Jonathan Carver in his 1778 Travels. Not in Phillips (America). ($750-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $881.25

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