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    Uncommon Kansas Gold Mine Map

    O[tis].B. Gunn and D[avid]. T. Mitchell. New Map of Kansas and the Gold Mines (1866). Lawrence (Kansas): Gunn & Mitchell, 1867. Sixth and last edition of the Gunn and Mitchell series of this map produced between 1861 and 1866. Measuring approximately 28.5" x 22" overall (an 8" x 28" section lacking from the right margin affecting several counties). Printed by Krebs and Brothers, Philadelphia. The map is titled: "Gunn & Mitchell's New Map of Kansas and the Gold Mines Embracing all the Public Surveys up to 1866 Principle Meridian Compiled From the Original Field Notes by O.B. Gunn & D. T. Mitchell Lawrence, Kansas, 1867". Mounted in the publisher's original blind-stamped brown cloth boards with titles stamped in gilt on the front board. As mentioned, a significant section of the map's right edge is lacking and additionally there is some scattered foxing and splits in the folds.

    "In summary, Otis B. Gunn and David T. Mitchell each created a map independently in 1859, then pooled their efforts to create a map first published in 1861. Several editions of this map were printed using the monochromatic lithographic process and the maps were then hand colored. All six editions of Gunn and Mitchell's map include an ancillary map of Routes from the Missouri River to the Kansas Gold Mines. However, this ancillary map was never updated and was secondary in importance to the primary map covering the eastern half of Kansas. The authors revised and reissued the map until the year 1866, long after the peak of the Colorado Gold Rush and the establishment of the Colorado Territory on February 28, 1861. These facts suggest that, although gold seekers were an important market for the 1859 maps, they were of decreasing importance to the authors for the 1861 map and subsequent editions. Based on the advertisements and emphasis on the lands that were becoming available for purchase in eastern Kansas, the primary purpose of the map appears to be promotional. The number of editions also suggests that the authors found this map worthy of republishing. Today these maps provide us with another window into Kansas's past." (The Kansas Pocket Maps of Otis B. Gunn and David T. Mitchell: A Case of Nineteenth-Century Promotional Cartography by Scott R. McEathron).

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