these plates is the work of the lithographer. Conversely, in the
plates from the New Mexico report in which yucca plants are
depicted, the flowers are correctly colored white, which gives
rise to the presumption that they were colored by someone
with first-hand knowledge about Southwestern botany. This
copy, except for the map, seems actually to have been assem-
bled, annotated, and signed by Abert, whose signature appears
on one of the plates from the Upper Arkansas Report, with the
yucca incorrectly colored. It seems clear that Abert assembled
this volume before it was bound, because his annotations are
trimmed. Possibly, in assembling this volume Abert used
plates tinted by the lithographer in addition to those that he
completed himself. The volume needs more research.
For examples of Abert’s lithographs with his original col-
oring and his original watercolors, see the internet exhibit
“The Illustrating Traveler” assembled in 1996 by William S.
Reese and George Miles for the Beinecke Library at Yale:
and http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/native3.htm. See
also Reese and Miles,
34 & 114 (color illus-
tration at p. 85)
Map of the Territory of New Mexico, Made by Order of Brig. Gen.
S. W. Kearny, under Instructions from Lieut. W. H. Emory,
U.S.T.E. by Lieut’s J. W. Abert and W. G. Peck, U.S.T.E. 1846-7.
C. B. Graham’s Lith
Data. The road from
the direction of Bent’s Fort to Santa Fe and from Santa Fe to Taos
and the Astronomical positions given on the map of Lieut. Emory,
except the latitude of Taos by Lieut. Warner, U.S.T.E. Topographi-
cal sketches by Lieut. W. G. Peck, T. E. This map is connected with
the map of Senate Document N
Published by order of the War Department.
map. Neat line to neat line: 65 x 50.8 cm; 24
x 20 inches.
Mapping the Transmississippi West
In order of appearance in this copy:
The Pillar Rock on the Canadian.
Source: Upper Arkansas and
Comanche Country report. Shaved into caption with slight
loss of lower portion of letters of title.
Valley of the Purgatory.
Source: Upper Arkansas and Comanche