21 June 2005
COLTON, Joseph Hutchins (1800-1893). Map of the United States The British Provinces Mexico &c. Showing the Routes of the U.S. Mail Steam Packets to California and a Plan of the Gold Region. New York: J.H. Colton, 1849.
12o (130 x 82 mm). Large folding map, partially colored by hand (648 x 483 mm inclusive of decorative border) (some faint foxing, but in generally very good condition). Original blindstamped blue cloth, printed paper label on upper cover; green quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Thomas W. Streeter (bookplate, his sale Parke-Bernet, Part IV, lot 2534).
THE STREETER COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, with his pencil notes on endleaves. This important map is one of the most up-to-date views of the West published in the anno mirabilis of 1849. Various emigrant routes across the continent are shown, and the gold regions are specifically identified for the first time on a Colton map. Boundaries and explorers' routes are colored by hand, and the gold region is colored yellow. There are insets of the gold region and South America, and an illustration above the title shows Pyramid Lake in Upper California as discovered by Frémont in 1844. This is one of several variant issues of the map, each adding some more information about the gold regions. This copy has the most information, with an inset gold region map, and the land along the Feather River designated as "El Dorado or Gold Region." Graff 835; Kurutz 149; Phillips Maps p. 900; Streeter IV:2534 (this copy); Wagner-Camp-Becker 164a; Wheat Maps of the California Gold Regions 70; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 591.
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