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74. David Burr. “The North-West-Coast of North America and adjacent Territories compiled from the best authorities under the direction of Robert Greenhow to accompany his Memoir on the Northwest Coast” (Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1840). Published in Memoir, Historical and Political on the Northwest Coast of North America by Robert Greenhow. Lithographed folding map in black and white, as issued. 16 x 21 1/4" at neat line. Sheet size: 18 3/4 x 23 3/4" including binding tab. At l. l. is a facsimile of “a medal struck at Boston in 1787 on occasion of the departure of the vessels COLUMBIA and WASHINGTON for the Northwest Coast of America.” Above the medal is a large inset: “The North Pacific Ocean and the adjacent Coasts and Islands.” A dark impression in fine condition.

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In 1840, the debate between the United States and Great Britain was still raging as to the eventual border between the two powers in the Pacific Northwest. At the request of the Secretary of State and the Chairman of the Committee on the Oregon Territory, Robert Greenhow, translator and librarian to the Department of State, put together a book on the geography, history, and politics of the Northwest to aid in the resolution of the issue. Burr’s authoritative map accompanied the book, which was delivered to the Senate as a report in January and February of 1840. The map shows the western half of the United States from the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico to the California coast. The large inset shows the entire Pacific Rim. The map contains intriguing misinformation, as for example Burr’s placement of a great east-west range of “Snowy Mountains” from the Mendocino coast to the Great Salt Lake. Present-day Shasta is labeled “Mt. Jackson.” A fascinating and important map concerning American expansion into Northwest coastal territory.

Refs.: Howes G389; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, vol. II, pp. 169–170, no. 447.

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