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Description

The best 19th-century mapping of Jackson Hole and the surrounding area, including an important geological map of Yellowstone.

Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden's Maps and Panoramas portfolio for the 1878 Report includes some of the best representations of western Wyoming, specifically around the Jackson Hole area, that appeared in any 19th-century work.

In 1871, Hayden led America's first federally funded geological survey into the Yellowstone region of northwestern Wyoming, given directions by President Ulysses S. Grant's Secretary of Interior Columbus Delano. The survey consisted of some 50 men which included notables such as Thomas Moran, painter and famous frontier/Civil War photographer William Henry Jackson. The following year, Hayden and his work, Preliminary Report of the United States Geological Survey of Montana and Portions of Adjacent Territories; Being a Fifth Annual Report of Progress was instrumental in convincing Congress to establish Yellowstone as the first U.S. National Park, aided by Jackson's stunning large-format photographs and Moran's dramatic paintings. These publications also encouraged the westward expansion of the United States.

While the pastedown table of contents only calls for 7 maps, it seems that all of these atlases were issued with 10 maps, including three uncolored maps of areas covered in earlier colored maps.

The atlas includes the following maps:

  1. Economic Map of Portions of Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. April 1879 (Shows Jackson Hole)
  2. Geological Map of Portions of Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. Geology by A.C. Peale, Orestes St. John and F.M. Endlich. (Shows Jackson Hole)
  3. Part of Central Wyoming
  4. Parts of Western Wyoming and Southeastern Idaho. (Focus on Jackson Hole)
  5. Parts of Western Wyoming, Southeastern Idaho and Northeastern Utah.
  6. Preliminary Geological Map of the Yellowstone National Park
  7. Panoramic Views | Glacial Lake and Moraines | The Glaciers of Fremont's Peak | The Teton Range from Upper Grosventre Butte (Jackson Hole)
  8. Part of Central Wyoming (Black and white)
  9. Parts of Western Wyoming, and Southeastern Idaho (Shows Jackson Hole. Black and white)
  10. Parts of Western Wyoming, Southeastern Idaho and Northeastern Utah. (Black and white)
Condition Description
Octavo. Original gilt-lettered cloth portfolio (some staining). 10 folding maps. All maps folding with original ink-stamped numbers on verso.