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I was going through my map collection and stumbled across this map. I am not to sure if this a supplement map or if it was a page within the issue itself. There is a date on the map of 1896. I have included two photos of the map. 

Any help would be much appreciated, if it a supplement and if so what the name of the map is and which issue it came from. 

Thanks Doug

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This Plate is a frontispiece for the April 1896 issue of National Geographic.  It is located immediately before the first page of the first article "Seriland", page 125.  It is a sketch map and not designed to be removed from the magazine.

By the folds in the map, it appears to be an original.  The map from the wider, 1964 reprint is folded in half.

Tom Wilson

Thanks Tom for identifying this item. It's too bad I don't have the whole April 1896 issue to go along with it. 


  You may also be interested to know that W J ("No Points") McGee was the magazine's third editor as well as being one of John Wesley Powell's closest associates at the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ethnology.

  Here's a bit more information about his work in Seriland: 

"One of McGee's most notable expeditions took place in 1895 when he journeyed to Seriland in Sonora, Mexico, a rough desert landscape that had been little explored due to its hostile natives. He reported his findings in "Seriland," published in the April 1896 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, detailing the ways of the insular Seri Indians and their unforgiving landscape. Unfortunately, it was during this trip that he also began noticing at times an inability to lift his left leg as well as other symptoms that went without proper diagnosis for several years, eventually costing him his life."

Best wishes,


Archives & Special Collections

Thanks Cathy for the interesting back round behind both the article and the man himself. Appreciate what you do on the Collectors Corner!



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