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Exceedingly Rare Regional Map
from the 1857 Rogers and Johnston Atlas

45. Henry Darwin Rogers and Alexander Keith Johnston. “Territory of New Mexico” (London: John Murray; Edinburgh: W. and A. K. Johnston, 1857) Published in Atlas of the United States. Copperplate engraving with fine bright original outline hand color. 12 3/4 x 16" at neat line. Sheet: 14 1/2 x 18". Mint.

Price: SOLD.

Now virtually unobtainable, this marvelous British map is the only commercial atlas map to show the Territory of New Mexico by itself. Derived from a monumental wall map of the United States by Johnston, the current piece was published in the important and now uncommon Atlas of the United States by W. and A. K. Johnston. The atlas marks an unusual collaboration between an American professor (Rogers), a Scottish geographer (Johnston), and an English publisher (Edward Stanford). Rogers probably wrote the descriptive text of the atlas and Johnston drew and engraved the maps. Rumsey notes that Johnston’s maps “are perhaps the best examples of Scottish highly detailed mapmaking applied to the western territories and states in the pre-Civil War period.” New Mexico encompasses present-day Arizona and extends north into southern Colorado and southern Nevada. Details are beautifully rendered and include Indian information, towns, springs, forts, topographical features, and the “Proposed Pacific Railway Routes in Purple.” An exceptional example of this important and rare regional map of New Mexico.

Ref.: David Rumsey Map Collection, list no. 3825.019.

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