“Verein-Staaten am Stillen Ocean” Hildburghausen, Ravenstein, E.G., 1866. 13 3/8 x 16 3/4. Lithograph. Original outline color. A few small tears along margins. Overall, very good condition.
A nice map of the Western US from the German atlas Meyer’s-Hand-Atlas. German cartographers were well known for their accuracy and attention to detail, which this map nicely illustrates. This map indicates a large array of topographical elements such as mountains and rivers, as well as nicely showing human elements such as the location of major Indian tribes like the “Crow”, “Dacota Sioux” and “Shyennes”. This map has Idaho is incorrectly shown as encompassing only the southern half of its original configuration. In addition, the borders between California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada are drawn incorrectly, with California’s southeast border extending all the way to the Colorado River up to the Utah border. The central great basin is described as being inhabited by the “Pah-Utah.” Overall, an interesting map of the west at a time of considerable change, which the Germans, as well as Americans, had trouble keeping track of!