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AUCTION 20

68. [MAP]. NELL, Louis. Nell’s Topographical & Township Map of the State of Colorado E. Besley & Co. Publishers, Denver. 1889 [below neat line] Photo Lith. Century Lith. Co. Phila. Pa. | Copyright by Louis Nell, Washington D.C. 1887. Philadelphia, 1889. Photolithograph map with original full color (land grants, forts, and Ute reservation in vivid pink), mounted on linen. Neat line to neat line: 68.5 x 95.5 cm. Contemporary markings in blue, red, and graphite showing lines radiating from Denver to the west (possibly proposed railroad lines?). Contemporary pencil names of H. G. Sperry and P. M. Calahan. This is a working copy, apparently used for some developmental purpose. The mounting on linen was carelessly done, resulting in slight overlapping (center of map at juncture of the two sheets of the map). A bit wrinkled and worn, several short splits and tears (a few minor losses).

     Another of Nell’s excellent Colorado maps, this one being a reissue of Nell’s 1885 map published by E. Besley & Co. Ellis (Colorado Mapology) does not list this issue but has entries for the first version of 1885 (Ellis 107, with J. L. Smith at lower left) and the 1888 version (Ellis 108, no copyright notice). Like the 1888 version, this issue does not carry the tables of county areas and of astronomical positions which appeared in the 1885 issue. ($1,000-2,000)

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

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