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40. J. H. Colton. “Map to Illustrate Capt. Bonneville’s Adventures Among the Rocky Mountains” (New York: Geo. P. Putnam, 1849). Published in The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the Farm West by Washington Irving (early reprint edition). Copperplate engraving in black and white. 11 x 18" at neat line. Sheet: 11 3/4 x 18 3/4", with right margin trimmed close as usual. A couple of old repaired splits at upper folds. Fine.

Price: SOLD.

This interesting map by Colton is based on Frémont’s map of the same period. The region west of the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean is delineated with the new Gold Region of California and the notation of “Sutter’s Fort.” Colton created the map to illustrate the route of Captain James Bonneville, one of the earliest explorers of the American West, for a revised edition of Washington Irving’s book on Bonneville’s exploits. Paris-born, Bonneville immigrated to the United States in 1803 and later entered the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of captain in 1825. In 1832 he took a leave of absence from the army to lead an expedition supposedly to trap and trade in the Wyoming Territory. Although not successful in its original mission, the expedition obtained expansive knowledge of the yet unexplored territories, information that found its way onto the present map. Irving first published his book in 1837 and brought out several reprint editions before his death in 1859. The present map comes from the 1849 Putnam edition and shows Bonneville’s route along the Snake and Columbia Rivers to Fort Walla Walla. The routes of Humboldt, Frémont, and Kearny are also shown. A fine example of this intriguing map from the Gold Rush era by J. H. Colton.

Refs.: Sabin, 35126; Wagner-Camp 67:13.

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