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Auction 104, Lot 160

"Monk's New American Map exhibiting the larger portion of North America; embracing the United States and Territories, Mexico and Central America including the West India Islands, Canadas, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia", Monk, Jacob

Subject: United States - Wall Map

Period: 1856 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

57 x 60 inches
144.8 x 152.4 cm
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A majestic wall map that was published as the country was well into expanding westward to the Pacific following the land gains from the Mexican War. Territorial development includes Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, and Nebraska. Washington and Oregon extend to the Continental Divide and to Nebraska Territory, which itself extends to Minnesota. Utah fills the large region between California and Kansas Territory. Oklahoma is unnamed and divided into three regions: Chah-lah-kee, Miscogee, and Cha-Ta. Minnesota includes Dakota, which has two regions: Pembina and Blue Earth. Details two proposed rail routes to the Pacific, plus the Oregon and California trails. The gold region in California is well detailed and filled with cities and roads. Names scores of towns and mining areas including Auburn, Coloma, Placerville, etc. No sign of Lake Tahoe. The map is filled with wagon routes, explorer trails, forts, Indian tribes, and so much more. Table of distances and another lists over 1,200 counties and county seats. Large inset of the World on Mercator's projection. Both original wooden rollers present, lower one detached.

References: cf Wheat (TMW) 794; Wheat (GOLD) 243; Rumsey 602.

Condition: B

Varnish slightly darkened, as usual, with some light tidemarks at edges and darker damp stains in world map inset. Occasional cracks, mostly in bottom. All surface intact and surprisingly good. Despite flaws, overall good and deserving of conservation.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $750

Closed on 9/10/2003