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Rare first state of Charles Desilver's map of the region west of the Misissippi River to west of the Rocky Mountains, issued early in 1856, prior to his change of decorative border styles. Desilver's mid-continent map is a remarkably unique work for the time period. The map is rich with early immigrant information, Indian details, forts, roads, Indian Treaty notes, early explorers routes, Indian Battle grounds, Indian Reservations, trading posts and a host of other excellent notes and feaures. The map actually has its own symbol for trading posts, a rare appearance on a map of the period. This map rarely appears on the market, as Desilver's atlas was not as widely distributed as others in the run and this format appears not to have been included in all additions. The present example includes separately colored counties in New Mexico Territory, the first time we have ever seen the map colored by counties in 15 years. A nice example of this now very scarce map.