(West) Map of Oregon, California, New Mexico, N.W. Texas & the p

Mapmaker: Sage, Rufus B.

(West) Map of Oregon, California, New Mexico, N.W. Texas & the p


  • ~Catalog 54~
  • (West) Map of Oregon, California, New Mexico, N.W. Texas & the proposed Territory of Ne.'Bras.Ka.,

    It is a rare inclusion that can be found in some instances of Fremont's “Narrative of The Exploring Expedition...”, it's the famous map of the West by Rufus Sage, which was initially issued in his book “Scenes in the Rocky Mountains”. Rufus Sage was a writer and journalist with a dense flowery writing style that was typical of the time and as he went West in the 1840's, he worked for a fur company and documented his life. He experienced a sizable part of the West from Dakota to Taos, up to Fort Hall and Fort Uintah. His map though, is an amalgam of sources, relying on the great source of Fremont, as well as Mitchell's map of 1846. The preface of the text itself offers that the map is “not the one prepared by the order of the government, but it is one that can be relied upon for its accuracy”. And it is very good for the time and interesting for it's handling of all things east of the continental divide, as well as its inclusion fur trading outposts, as well as trails and even the notation of the Snively expedition and its surrender. Not to mention it's large notation for the “Proposed Ne-Bras-Ka Territory”, derived from Emory.

    Condition is very good with both the text and map very clean with some light off-setting. This instance of the map has good margins, and a complete border. The right hand margin is close, though typical and complete. Volume has some light dampstaining on the lowere edge, but it doesn't migrate in at all. Spine is tight and decorative gilt title is crisp. Howes F370, Wheat #527. Image size is 18 x 24, uncolored as issued