Auction 106, Lot 121

"United States of America Compiled from the latest & best Authorities", Melish, John

Subject: United States

Period: 1822 (dated)

Publication: The traveller's directory through the United States…

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15.9 inches
49.5 x 40.4 cm

An uncommon map by the important American cartographer John Melish, engraved by Samuel Harrison. The map extends west to the Rocky Mountains and provides a detailed view of the Missouri River based on information from Lewis and Clark's expedition. A notation at the western edge of the map shows where "Clarks Canoes stop 3000 miles from the Mississippi." The large Arkansas Territory takes in most of present-day Oklahoma with the balance of the west being Missouri Territory and North West Territory. Texas is a state in Mexico. Above the script title is a vignette of an eagle blazoned with the stars and stripes. First issued in 1818, the map is dated under the title 1820, with a note that it has been Improved to 1822.


Condition: A

Later color.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $950

Closed on 3/3/2004