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October 26, 2007

“The army was keeping its supremacy in things topographical”-Wheat

144. [MAP]. UNITED STATES. ARMY. CORPS OF TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS. Territory and Military Department of Utah, Compiled in the Bureau of Topographl. Engrs. of the War Departt. Chiefly for Military Purposes. Under the Authority of Hon. J.B. Floyd, Sec. of War. 1860. [ancillary unrelated map at left margin] March Routes of Army of the Tennessee from Savannah, Ga. to Columbia, S.C., 1865 [above neat line at top] Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies 1861-1865 | Plate CXX. [beneath lower neat line at right] Julius Bien & Co. Lith. N.Y. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1891-1895]. Chromolithograph map, neat line to neat line: 41.5 x 69 cm. A few short tears to blank margins (no losses, but one tear extends slightly into lower neat line), otherwise a fine copy of a map often found chipped and brittle.

            Rumsey 1780. This map is not in the least bit rare, but it is certainly an important map historically because of the larger map of the Military Department of Utah, which is a later edition of an exceedingly rare map, first compiled ca. 1860-1861, and nearly impossible to acquire in its original edition. See: Graff 4304. Moffat, Printed maps of Utah to 1900 #60. Phillips, America, p. 948. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West #1017 & pp. 190-191: “This map covers not only Utah, but parts of New Mexico, Colorado (first map to carry that name), Nebraska, Washington territory (now the southern portion of Idaho), Oregon, Nevada and California. It is a beautiful map and was more than up-to-date when produced for Nevada and Colorado territories...created in 1861.... This is a remarkable map. Not only are the routes of...authorities [Escalante, Frémont, Stansbury, Gunnison, Beckwith, Williamson, Parke, Lander, Simpson, Macomb, Judah, Berthoud, et al] depicted, but the human developments, such as railroads-where present-and towns are given representation. The army was keeping its supremacy in things topographical.”

            The map appeared in Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1891–1895). Howes C816. LeGear (United States Atlases), 265. Phillips, Atlases 1353. Stephenson, Civil War Maps, p. 99. The maps in that massive atlas are the work of Julius Bien, about whom Peters (America on Stone, p. 94) comments: “Bien will always be remembered chiefly as the first great scientific cartographer in the United States.” ($100-200)

Sold. Hammer: $100.00; Price Realized: $117.50

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