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    The Definitive Work on the Cartography of the West, from the Spanish Entrada to the Geological Survey of 1877

    Carl I. Wheat. Mapping the Transmississippi West. San Francisco: The Institute of Historical Cartography, 1957-1963.
    First edition. Limited to 1,000 copies, designed by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn and printed at the Grabhorn Press (Volume I), Taylor & Taylor (Volumes II, III, IV), and the James Printing Company (Volume V). Five large folio volumes in six (14 x 10 inches). Printed in red and black. Profusely illustrated with maps, many folding and/or color. Original quarter green buckram over linen boards. Spines lettered in gilt. Minimal rubbing to corners and spine extremities. A near fine set. Without the original plain brown dust wrappers.

    Comprising, Volume I. The Spanish Entrada to the Louisiana Purchase, 1540-1804; Volume II. From Lewis and Clark to Fremont, 1804-1845; Volume III. From the Mexican War to the Boundary Surveys, 1846-1854; Volume IV. From the Pacific Railroad Surveys to the Onset of the Civil War, 1855-1860; Volume V, Parts I and II. From the Civil War to the Geological Survey.

    "A truly monumental work on the cartography of the West, from the Spanish Entrada to the Geological Survey of 1877. It was the culmination of a quarter-century of research into the historical geography of the vast Transmississippi area by one of California's leading scholars. Beautifully printed and illustrated with over 300 reproductions (several in color) of historically important maps from public and private collections" (Howell).

    Grabhorn Bibliography 590. Harding, Wheat, 113. Hill, p. 323. Howell, California 50, no. 1655. Streeter 4416.


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