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Auction 115, Lot 137

"Mitchell's New National Map Exhibiting the United States with the North American British Provinces, Sandwich Islands, Mexico and Central America…", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

Subject: United States

Period: 1859 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

60 x 60 inches
152.4 x 152.4 cm

A truly beautiful example of Mitchell's "New" map of the United States. The map shows the entire U.S. with some early territorial borders in the West. Washington and Oregon extend to Nebraska Territory at the Continental Divide. Along the Canadian boundary, Nebraska Territory continues eastward to a large Minnesota Territory at the Missouri River. The huge territory of Utah encompasses all of Nevada and most of Colorado. New Mexico Territory includes all of Arizona, the southern tip of Nevada and a small portion of Colorado. Finally, a huge Kansas Territory shares its western border with Utah. Large inset maps of the Sandwich Islands, the world on Mercator's Projection, and the world in hemispheres. Several finely engraved vignettes including the "Clipper Ship Flying Cloud" and an "American Steamship Crossing the Atlantic." The map is very detailed with hundreds of place names, plus roads, villages, railroads, ports, etc. A table at bottom gives the 1850 population for many U.S. cities; a small table gives the population of numerous Canadian cities from the 1851 census. All surrounded by a wide decorative border. An exceptional wall map that is in remarkable original condition. Top roller present and attached with modern tacks, but the map is detached from the lower roller at the left side.


Condition: A

Beautiful, unrestored condition. Bright coloring and strong impression, varnish mostly clear and bright. A little rubbing to varnish in a couple places, hint of water stains near bottom. Overall a really exceptional example of this map.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 6/21/2006