MITCHELL, SAMUEL AUGUSTUS A New Map of Texas, Oregon, and California with the Regions Adjoining. Philadelphia: Mitchell, 1846. First...
Philadelphia: Mitchell, 1846. First edition. Folding pocket map with original cloth binding stamped "Texas, Oregon, and California" in gilt on the cover, the map lithographed and hand-colored. The text entitled: Accompaniment to Mitchell's New Map of Texas, Oregon, and California. Philadelphia: Mitchell, 1846. 46 pp. The map opened 22 3/4 x 21 inches (58.5 x 54 cm); framed. Light spotting, tiny loss at lower corner, a 3 1/2 inch tear into map where mounted, split to the folds along the upper edge of booklet and about 2 inches of the fore-edge, very small stains along these folds, these and the splits obscured by the cover in the frame, the binding rubbed and nearly split along backstrip.
This is the first edition of Mitchell's seminal pocket map of Texas and the West issued at a time of great political upheaval and anticipated emigration. The text Accompaniment is considered one of the best sources about the region at this critical time. While the focus of the map is on the newly added state of Texas, the large area labeled "Upper or New California" is in limbo with large areas undetailed and described as unexplored. In Oregon, many interesting land claims are noted and the map also depicts, and the text describes, the Missouri, Iowa and Indian Territories which border the subject areas. On the map is printed an "Emigrant Route from Missouri to Oregon" and the text presents a highly favorable view of emigration to Texas. Wagner-Camp 122b; Streeter sale 4:2511; Howes M685; Wheat Maps of the California Gold Region, 29; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West, 520; Graff 2841; Cowan p. 33; Sabin 49713.
C Estate of Donald Brenwasser
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