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ACCOMPANIMENT TO MITCHELL'S NEW MAP OF TEXAS, OREGON, AND CALIFORNIA, WITH THE REGIONS ADJOINING
Philadelphia, 1846. 18mo. Original gilt morocco binder. Binder slightly worn. Text is clean. Map neatly repaired with tissue on old folds, else very good. In a half morocco clamshell case. A major western map, with accompanying text. The detailed "New Map of Texas, Oregon and California with the Regions Adjoining..." shows the western portion of the U.S. to the Pacific, with Indian Territory, Missouri Territory, Iowa, and portions of the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Wisconsin, as well as northern Mexico and part of British Columbia, illustrating in detail the trans-Mississippi region on the verge of the Mexican War. Texas is elaborately depicted, with the Rio Grande as its southern border; Oregon is shown to extend to 54° 40"; and the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon Trail are both detailed, the latter with a table of distances published in the lower corner of the map. "This map represents a great step forward, in that it is among the first by a commercial cartographer to utilize the recent explorations that had bounded and determined the nature of the Great Basin...because of its popularity, this map of the West exerted great influence, not only with the public but on other commercial cartographers" - Wheat. The text describes each territory or state in turn, with notes on Lewis and Clark and other early explorers, and more historical material. Howes also mentions an issue with thirty-four pages of text, but Sabin lists only the present collation.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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