AN EARLY MAP OF THE AMERICAN WEST

 

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AUTHOR:

KIEPERT, HEINRICH

TITLE:

Westliches-NordAmerika, From the Neuer Hand Atlas

CONDITION:

Period hand color, 22” x 17-1/4”. Very good condition.

DATE:

Berlin, 1867

DESCRIPTION:

Scarce. This is an excellent, large-scale map of the American West. Editions of 1857, 1860, 1867, and 1873 have been identified, each carefully updated to show the rapid development in the region. Wheat (926) describes the 1857 version as “a charming map … of surprising worth,” but does not mention the others. This 1867 version shows western North America with its political boundaries in a virtually mature form. The exceptions are that northwestern Wyoming still extends too far west, the Idaho panhandle is attached to Washington Territory, and the two Dakotas are still a single territory.

Settlement is still spotty west of the eastern Great Plains. The Texas Panhandle and Pecos region are empty of towns, for example. Topographical detail is excellent, based on the latest information. Many of the mining towns in California and Nevada are laid down, as are the Mormon settlements in Utah. Of particular note is the presence of the transcontinental railroad, completed in this very year, and shown in finished form for the first time on this 1867 state.

REFERENCES:

Inventory No. 8582

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