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77. [MAP]. WELLS, J[ohn] G[aylord]. Wells New Sectional Map of Nebraska from the Last Government Surveys J. G. Wells 11 Beekman St. New York. J. B. Snow Land Agent Otoe Nebraska. [lower right in image] Lith. V. Keil. 181 William St. N.Y. [center below border] Entered According to Act of Congress, in the Year 1857, by J. G. Wells, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York. New York, 1857. Lithograph map on bank note paper, original color wash and bright rose outline, ornamental grapevine border. Border to border: 71.5 x 54 cm. Folded into pocket covers (14.5 x 8.7 cm), original green cloth, Wells’ New Sectional Map of Nebraska, both covers blind-embossed, printed leaf affixed to verso of front board: Wells’ List of New Publications (wherein the map is listed for fifty cents). Map with light browning and foxing, dark adhesive stain at left blank margin, two other minor stains. Pocket covers very fine except for light foxing to printed pastedown.

     Streeter Sale 2003: “This map, showing Nebraska townships to 97.5° and extending to about 98° 20’ was evidently issued for J. B. Snow of Otoe, Nebraska, since the ‘Great Emigrant rout [sic] to California and Oregon via Ft. Kearney’ starts at Otoe, a town no longer in existence, located across the Missouri from the Iowa-Missouri state line. This is an early and good large scale map of eastern Nebraska.--TWS.” Tooley lists cartographer Wells but notes only one map (Ohio) by him. The Newberry Library Cartographic Catalogue lists the present map by Wells (1821-1880) along with views in an 1872 book on the Chicago fire by F. Luzerne, The Lost City!: Drama of the Fire Fiend; sectional map of Minnesota (1857); and a Civil War view Panorama of the Seat of the War. ($2,000-4,000)

Sold. Hammer: $7,000.00; Price Realized: $8,225.00

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