Date: Circa 1873
Lithograph with original outline hand colouring. Overall sheet size: 33.8cms x 46.1cms. Image size: 303mm x 433mm. Centrefold as published. The map extends from the Oregon border at Cape Blanco southwards to the tip of Lower California and eastwards to the continental divide and Rio Grande valley. A large Utah Territory extends from California to the continental divide and is now occupied by the states of Nevada and much of Colorado. To its south New Mexico Territory takes in all of present day Arizona to. Settled areas particularly in California are recorded as are numerous Indian tribes and forts. A number of significant early trails are drawn.
Edward Weller was a cartographer and engraver based in London. His best known work appears in Cassell’s Weekly Dispatch Atlas, published in monthly segments for subscribers of the “Weekly Dispatch” newspaper. The maps are characterised by their detail and attractive outline colour and up to date information. The majority have an emblematical design of the upper half of a globe with a scroll "the Dispatch atlas" wrapped round it and above is the flying figure of Mercury (messenger of the Gods) .
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