Auction 113, Lot 115

"Colton's Map of the United States of America, the British Provinces, Mexico and the West Indies. Showing the Country from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean", Colton, Joseph Hutchins

Subject: North America - Wall Map

Period: 1853 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

57 x 50.5 inches
144.8 x 128.3 cm

A beautiful example of this large wall map includes all of the U.S. to the Pacific. Wheat states that this new edition "creditably incorporates some of the latest information, including the new geography given to the world of cartography by the Stansbury maps of 1852." Terrific early western borders are exhibited, including Washington and Oregon Territories extending to a large Northwest Territory at the Continental Divide. The Northwest Territory continues to Minnesota Territory at the Missouri River. The Utah Territory reaches from California to Nebraska Territory which extends north to south between Northwest and Indian Territories. The large New Mexico Territory includes all of today's Arizona, borders Nebraska Territory and features a pre-Gadsden Purchase southern boundary with Mexico. Three insets show Newfoundland, the southwestern part of the West Indies, and a large map of Central America. A table gives the "Statistics of the United States." This beautiful chart is embellished with decorative borders and numerous small engraved vignettes throughout the map showing Indians and wildlife. Both rollers are present and attached. The rarity of an unrestored example of this map in this condition cannot be overstated.

References: Wheat #776.

Condition: A

Remarkable condition considering this is an unrestored example. No major flaws at all, clear varnish with only the slightest darkening.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 12/7/2005