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Exceedingly Rare Regional Map
from the 1857 Rogers and Johnston Atlas

46. Henry Darwin Rogers and Alexander Keith Johnston. “Territory of Kansas and Indian Territory” (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 1/4 x 18". Slight overall toning. Mint.

Price: SOLD.

As with the previous map, this highly coveted British atlas map is virtually unobtainable. It shows “Kanzas” extending from Missouri to the Rocky Mountains and encompasses a portion of southern Colorado, including South Pass, Pike’s Peak, and the South Fork of the Platte River. 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.” Details are beautifully rendered and include Indian information (e.g., an area in Kansas is reserved for the New York Indians and the Shawnee), towns, springs, forts, topographical features, and the “Proposed Pacific Railway Routes in Purple.” An exceptional example of this very rare regional map of Kansas and Indian Territory. This is only the second time in twenty years that the map has appeared in a dealer catalogue.

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

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