Wildrose 2011 wrap up

The school map of North America stopped several people in their tracks. Rand McNally's Map of Canada, United States and Mexico is 40 x 48". I think the boldly coloured Prairie Provinces, in their pre-1905 configuration, is what impressed people. The districts of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, and Keewatin border a ‘postage stamp' Manitoba. A pint-sized Alberta sits further west, below the Northwest Territories. Out in the east, Ontario and Quebec are considerably smaller than they are today.

Across the border, the US states all seem in their modern arrangement except for the remains of the Indian Territory. Further south, present-day Belize is colonial British Honduras and the area of the future Panama Canal is still part of Columbia. Four insets fill the lower left edge: Philippines, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The map bears copyrights for 1894 and 1898, so I expect McNally added the insets following the Spanish American War. This gives me a date for the map of between 1898 and 1903, when Panama declared independence. 

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Someone looking for information wowed me with a map of the Mackenzie River. The Discoveries of the Expedition under the Command of Captain Franklin R.N. Near the mouth of the Mackenzie River, And on the Sea Coast East & West. A.D. 1825 - 26. weighs in at a hefty 27 x 50" (two sheets) and it's a good thing it was under glass because I was beginning to drool a bit.

The map is the fifth of six included in Franklin's, Narrative of a second expedition to the shores of the Polar Sea in the years 1825, 1826, and 1827. (London: John Murray, 1828) The first four cover the expedition's route to the coast: Fort William to the Saskatchewan River, York Factory to Isle à la Crosse, Isle à la Crosse to Slave Lake,and Slave Lake to Bear Lake. The final map provides a summary of discoveries made on Franklin's first two expeditions. These maps are very similar to the ones which accompany his first report, Narrative of a journey to the shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819, 20, 21, and 22. (London: John Murray, 1823)

One dealer has a fine copy of the Mackenzie River map listed for $1,500 at the time of writing, but the copy I saw had been heinously dry mounted to a board. While I couldn't interest the owner with my offer, it remains for sale and would be a good buy for a local collector with the wall space to display it. Enquire at newsfact(at)web(dot)net.

As always, thanks to the members of the Wildrose Antique Collectors for a great two days.