St. Paul Minnesota De Lacs River North Dakota 1855 Jeff Davis U.S. RR survey mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Explorations and Surveys For a Rail Road Route
From the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean
Route Near the 41st Parallel.
Map No. 1
St. Paul to Riviere des Lacs
From Explorations and Surveys Made Under the Direction
of Hon. Jefferson Davis Secretary of War by Isaac Stevens
By J.W. Gunnison & E.G. Beckwith
(Minnesota / North Dakota / etc.)
Issued Washington, D.C., 1854 by U.S. Government.
Engraved by Selmar Siebert.
Fine and uncommon mid 19th-century lithographed map. Captures this area of the American West with a level of detail and accuracy previously unseen.
Map remains well preserved. Some light age wear or surface spotting / soiling which is visible within the photograph.
Like all U.S. government maps issued for the explorations surrounding the search for railroad routes across the country, this map was printed on a relatively thin and fragile paper. This paper is now age-toned along the fold lines, and must be handled with care.
Original fold lines as issued; map appears to have rarely been unfolded over the years. Better than typical, but still fragile
Sheet measures c. 26 1/2" H x 38 1/4" W.
Printed area measures c. 24 1/4" H x 36 1/2" W.
Wheat, Mapping Transmississippi West , 864 (noting how all the RR survey maps are printed on fragile paper which simply does not hold up well and is often found with tears and deterioration).