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Auction 124, Lot 120

"[Lot of 2] Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerica nebst Canada [and] Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika (Ostlicher Theil)", Graf, C.

Subject: Canada & United States

Period: 1860 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

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A pair of German maps dissected in four parts and mounted on original linen. Both are very detailed and include a color key distinguishing the states and territories.

1) Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerica… covers all of the United States, most of Canada, and a little bit of Mexico. There are several large territories in the western United States; many with provisional and/or spurious boundaries. The region of Montana and Wyoming is labeled Chippewa Terr.. Washington wraps around Oregon and takes in most of what would become Idaho. There is a large Dacota Territory. Nebraska is lacking its panhandle. Nevada Territory is sandwiched between an enlarged Utah Territory and a very misshapen California, reflecting a failed territorial configuration that would have taken land from California on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Arizona Territory is too large due to a misplaced eastern boundary with New Mexico (25 x 21").

2) Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika (Ostlicher Theil). This map of the eastern states shows great detail of the cities, roads, railways and topographical features. A large oval inset of the vicinity of New York City and environs fills the Atlantic just above the Bahamas (22 x 24").


Condition: B

Toned at edges and along folds with minor separation of linen at fold intersections.

Estimate: $220 - $275


Closed on 5/7/2008