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Early, Separate, Large-Scale Map of Arizona Territory

55. [MAP]. HINTON, Richard J[osiah]. Map of Arizona Prepared Specially for R. J. Hinton’s Handbook of Arizona Compiled from Official Maps of Military Division of the Pacific Surveyor General’s Office A. T. & from the Notes of Col. W. G. Boyle Col. J. D. Graham, H. Ehrenberg, Pro. Pumpelly and Lieut. Philip Reade, U.S.A. 1878 [lower left] Payot, Upham & Company Publishers & Wholesale Stationers 204 Sansome Street near Pine San Francisco. [lower right] Lith. Britton, Rey & Co. S.F. Copyright secured by Richard J. Hinton [inset map at left showing California from San Francisco to San Diego]. San Francisco: Payot, Upham & Company, 1878. Lithograph map on wove paper. Neat line to neat line: 87.5 x 61.5 cm. Split at most folds (minor losses), professionally backed with heavy paper. As the presence of a stub indicates, this copy was probably removed from Hinton’s Hand-Book.

     As indicated in the title, this scarce map was meant to accompany Hinton’s 1878 Hand-Book to Arizona: Its Resources, History, Towns, Mines, Ruins, and Scenery, “the earliest book on mining in Arizona” (Bancroft, Arizona & New Mexico, pp. 592-593), but the map is seldom found in the book. Streeter’s copy was a pocket map, the folder of which included an announcement stating that the book would not be ready until December, which probably explains why the map is usually missing from the book. The Anderson Sale (1686:552) and the Eberstadts (110:8 & 167:46) list an 1877 version in pocket map format. Streeter Sale 525 (1878 edition, but colored): “The northern boundary of Arizona is still the 37th parallel, but only to the 114th meridian. That meridian, south to the Colorado River at a little north of 36° and continuing along the Colorado, is now the western boundary. The line of the proposed Atlantic and Pacific R. R. is shown more or less along the line of the 35th parallel, with the Southern Pacific partially lined up along the Gila in Western Arizona.­TWS.”

     This expansive map emphasizes the growing prospects of the area, especially mining, transportation, and communication opportunities. Numerous grants and other areas are shown already platted. Although they have yet to arrive, the proposed routes of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Texas and Pacific Railroad are shown, the former dipping below the 32nd parallel into the area that comprised the Gadsden Purchase. The Texas and Pacific, however, follows the route along the Gila River. The inset map shows the proposed route of the Southern Pacific and Central Pacific railroads from Anaheim to Sacramento. ($1,000-2,000)

Sold. Hammer: $2,600.00; Price Realized: $3,055.00

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