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The Finest Large Format Map of Arizona, Southern California and Southern Nevada from the 1870s.

Large and striking map centered on Arizona with pieces of the adjacent states and territories, at a time when Arizona was undergoing a mineral boom, and the unavoidable conflict of ranchers, miners, Indians and outlaws.

Rumsey notes:

Based on the War Department Maps of the same area . . . . Wheat dates this map 1876 because that is the copyright date. Wheat says that "enough detail is provided in every part of the map to keep a platoon of historians happy for weeks." Has a list of 25 authorities and show Geological Sections based on Wheeler's surveys of 1875.

Warren Heckrotte comments that "Mallery was responsible for an earlier map of Arizona: Department of Arizona. Revised 1875. Office of the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C. 1876. First Lieut. J.C. Mallery, Corps of Engineers, Chief Engineer. Under the authority of Major General J.M. Schofield.


The map is exceedingly rare. This is the first example we have ever seen on the market and the only example to appear at auction per RBH.

Provenance: Warren Heckrotte Sale, PBA Galleries December 3, 2015.

Condition Description
Flattened and archivally backed. Minor loss in several areas, but overall an exceptional survival.
Wheat TW 1272.