Gunn’s Very rare 1859 Map & Guide to the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush
47. [MAP]. GUNN, O[tis] B[erthoud]. Pocket map & guide:
Text: New Map and Hand-Book of Kansas & The Gold Mines. Containing Descriptions and Statistics of the Indian Tribes, Settlement, Soil, Productions, Climate, Roads, Rail Roads, Telegraphs, Mail Routes, Land Districts, etc. With Description of All the Routes to the New Gold Mines.... Pittsburgh: Printed by W. S. Haven, Corner of Market and Second Streets, 1859. 71 [1, blank] pp. Original pink printed wrappers (upper wrap used as pastedown, lower wrap follows final blank of text and has on verso a handsome lithographed pictorial ad for Wm. Schuchman’s Lithographic Establishment in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Schuchman firm lithographed the map.
Map: Gunn's New Map of Kansas and the Gold Mines Embracing all the Public Surveys up to the 6th Principal Meridian. Compiled from the Original Field Notes by O. B. Gunn. Wynadott, K. T., 1859. I take great pleasure in commending this map; compiled by O. B. Gunn, Esq to the Public Use, as an Accurate Delineation of the Surveyed Portions of the Territory of Kansas to this Date.... Ward B. Burnett, Surveyor General Kansas and Nebraska. January 10, 1859. [Inset map below]: Routes from the Missouri River to the Kansas Gold Mines.... [lower right above vine border]: Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1859. By Otis. B. Gunn.... Wm. Schuchman, lith. Pittsburgh, Pa. Lithograph map, original outline color, ornate vine border., two vignettes (Native American and allegorical scene). Map & ornate border: 65.5 x 71.1 cm (25-3/4 x 28 inches).
Cover: Original brown embossed cloth binding, lettered in gilt on upper cover: Gunn's Map and Hand Book of Kansas and the Gold Mines (repeated in blind on lower cover). Height: 16 cm; 6-1/4 inches.
Map detached from binding. Two sectors at left of map browned due to former contact with cloth covers. Browned along folds and a few small voids along those folds (no appreciable losses and neatly infilled with archival tissue). Pocket covers a little faded (especially upper cover), text foxed, old neat reinforcement at juncture of title and front free endpaper. Contemporary ink note on pastedown: “Sold to Parrish by [continuing in pencil]: Edw. Turner Richmond Kentucky.” Nineteenth-century engraved label, red ink on cream paper, of Stephen D. Parrish Equity and Law Offices Federal and State Richmond, Ky. Preserved in a tan morocco and brown cloth clam shell case.
First edition of one of the more elusive 1859 maps and guidebooks to the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush (see Hafen, p. 235). As Charles Eberstadt observed, the guides to the Pike's Peak gold fields have long been "perhaps the rarest of the several groups of overland guides to the West" ("On Colorado Guidebooks of '59," in Bookman's Holiday, pp. 33-43). Graff 1690 (map & guide). Howes G461. Plains & Rockies IV:327: “Otis Gunn was a prominent civil engineer, politician, soldier, and author. He served in the Kansas State Senate and then as a major in the Fourth Kansas Volunteers during the Civil War. Later he became the chief engineer of the Kansas Pacific Railroad and built the Missouri River Bridge at Atchison and the United Depot at Kansas City.” Sabin 29282. Streeter Sale 2017 (map only). Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 976 & IV, pp. 168-169. Rare in any form or condition, but particularly with map, pamphlet, and covers present, as here.
Holliday 462 (map & guide): “The work gives an account of the new territory and the status and conditions of settlement. The several routes are next examined and announcement made of a new and shorter route via the Smoky Hill River. Gunn cautions the emigrant against its use ‘until it is fairly opened’. [This was sage advice, which Daniel Blue, among others, failed to observe. Vide: Blue’s Thrilling Adventures and Sufferings of Pike’s Peak Gold Seekers.] An account of the Gold Regions follows, with ‘Distances to the Mines’ and a list of stations on the Northern and Southern routes. These include the route from Wyandotte or Kansas City via Shawnee, Wilmington, Council Grove, Diamond Spring, Cottonwood Creek, Big Muddy, Little Arkansas, Big Cow Creek, Arkansas River, Allison’s Ranch, Pawnee Rock and Fort, Arkansas crossing, Bent’s Fort, Puebla, Head of Cherry Creek, to Auraria, 740 miles; and the route from Leavenworth via Nemaha, Marysville Fort Kearney, Fort St. Vrain to Auraria, 700 miles.” ($25,000-35,000)
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