1856 Desilver Map of Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, and Indian Territory
A New Map of Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico and Indian Territories.
16.25 x 13.25 in (41.275 x 33.655 cm)
1 : 6600000
This is an 1856 Charles Desilver map of Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, and the Indian Territory. The map depicts the western United States from the 115th parallel, or roughly the Colorado River, to Independence, Missouri and from Canada (British America) to Texas and the Gadsden Treaty Line of 1854. Highly detailed, towns and other settlements are labeled throughout, particularly along the railroads and other routes through the region, including Omaha, Kansas City, Taos, Santa Fe, and Salt Lake City. Several forts are also identified, such as Bent's Fort and Fort Kearny.The ranges of numerous American Indian tribes are identified, although only a handful are restricted within set borders in Kansas and the Indian Territory. Myriad rivers and lakes are identified, along with individual peaks within the Rocky Mountains.
Census and Publication HistoryThis map was created by Charles Desilver and published in the 1857 first edition of his A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World.This map is scarce on the market because of the relative paucity of Desilver's atlases when compared with editions of other American atlases
Charles Desilver (fl. c. 1850 - 1862) was a little known American map publisher active in the middle part of the 19th century. Desilver began is cartographic career as a partner in the firm Thomas, Cowperthwait and Company, the publisher of Samuel Augustus Mitchell's popular New Universal Atlas. In 1856, Desilver acquired Mitchell's copyrights and began publishing his own variant on the New Universal Atlas. Desilver revised Mitchell's maps with a new grillwork border, his own color scheme, new titles, and some updated political data. Despite a noble pedigree, Desilver's maps did not sell well - possibly because they followed the long and very popular run of Mitchell's own atlases. Desliver continued to publish his atlas until 1859 (though we have heard that he also published an 1862 edition). In 1859 he resold the Mitchell copyrights and printing plates to S. A. Mitchell's son S. A. Mitchell, Jr. The younger Mitchell again updated the plates with his own border and color scheme. He began publishing his own successful atlas in 1860. Learn More...
Desilver, C., A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World. (Desilver: Philadelphia) 1857.
Very good. Even overall toning. Blank on verso.