Denver: E. Besly & Co., 1889. Folding map, 30.25 x 38.75 inches. Removed from original boards, previously folded. Light wear, a few small areas of loss, slightly affecting map image. Light tanning; some dust soiling along old folds on blank verso. About very good. Item #788
Scarce second edition of this large and finely detailed map of Colorado, drawn by Louis Nell, an accomplished topographer who participated in the Wheeler surveys of the American West during the 1870s. After Nell completed his work with Wheeler, he settled in Denver and published his own maps through the beginning of the 20th century. The present example, first published under this title in 1887, is notable for its fine topographical detail and bright coloring; it depicts with great accuracy the routes of railways and overland trails through the state, rivers and other geographical features, as well as Indian reservations and major land grants. It also marks the sites of United States Land Offices, and outlines their districts across the state.
We locate ten copies in OCLC; the only copy of this edition to appear in auction records brought $2300 in a 1999 Dorothy Sloan sale. A good copy of an important Colorado map, completed by a significant figure in the Western surveys of the late 19th century.