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The Territories of Washington and Oregon
New York: J. H. Colton, 1854. Engraved folding pocket map, full contemporary hand-colouring, ornamental border. Folds into publisher's blind-stamped cloth covers, titled in gilt on the upper cover, publisher's ad on the front pastedown. Very rare separately-issued pocket map of Washington and Oregon Territories: the first issue of Colton's map of those newly-formed territories. Although copyrighted 1853, this map did not appear in a Colton atlas until the 1855-56 Atlas of the World. This 1854 pocket map version precedes that issue, and shows the territories in their infancy. Unlike the later sheet map version, this separately-issued pocket map only shows three counties in western Washington Territory (Lewis, Pacific and Clark) and ten counties in western Oregon (Clatsop, Washington, Yam Hill, Clackamas, Polk, Marion, Benton, Linn, Lake and a large Umpqua county). Also unlike the later sheet map version, the Stevens route of the proposed Pacific Railroad is not shown (as the survey was still ongoing at the time of the publication of this pocket map). Many locations are shown, including towns, forts, rivers, mountains, etc. The map is a significant rarity with only a handful of recorded locations and no copies appearing at auction in the last quarter century. Smith, p. 55; Streeter Sale 3896 (1855 edition). Not in Graff, Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West or Phillips, A List of Maps of America.
      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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