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Map of the interior of Louisiana with part of New Mexico..
Selling price: $725
Rare English edition of Pike?s map of Texas and the Southwest.
It is the first map of the Southwest to be based on first hand exploration and is widely regarded as one of the milestones in the mapping of the American West.
Based in part on the maps of Alexander von Humboldt, which were available to Pike in Washington, Wheat notes that the map provides a critical first hand look at Texas and the West at the opening of the 19th Century and offers a remarkable picture of an important stretch of country that had hitherto been known only through the vaguest of rumors. (Wheat, Transmississippi West 298-99 & II, pp. 20-24).
In 1807 Pike led one of the earliest expeditions to reconnoiter the newly purchased territory of Louisiana....
While similar to Humbolt?s map, it provides a significant improvement in rendering the interior of Texas. With the exception of the lower courses of the Sabine and Neches, which are distorted to the East, the Rivers are shown accurately.
The Brazos is, for the first time in a printed map, shown in almost its proper length and shape. One of the intriguing cartographical controversies of the early nineteenth century was the dispute between Pike, Arrowsmith, and Humboldt regarding the genesis of their maps and who borrowed from whom.
Lake Timpanagos still appears, as do several of mythical rivers in Utah. Includes fascinating early notes on the exploration of the west.
While Pike?s account appears on the market periodically, only few examples of this map are been offered in a dealer catalogue in the past 25 years.
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