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Auction 125, Lot 42

"Pictorial View of the World", Phelps, Humphrey

Subject: World

Period: 1847 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21 x 27.5 inches
53.3 x 69.9 cm

This brightly colored, beautiful broadside features a double hemisphere map, is filled with fascinating statistics and information and is framed in an elaborate border . Above the map, illustrations depict the most salient features of each hemisphere, i.e. Niagara Falls, New York harbor and Indian tipis in the Western Hemisphere, and Mt. Vesuvius, the Mediterranean Sea, the pyramids and African wildlife in the Eastern Hemisphere. The data includes a list of "Distinguished Men" from Adam to Andrew Jackson, the national debts of Europe, heights of the world's tallest buildings (Temple of Belas at 680 ft.), and much else of interest. The Chronology of the World, Important Inventions, Discoveries, Battles, etc. begins with Creation in B.C. 4004 and ends in 1846 with "Alarming difficulties between the U.S. and England on the Oregon Question."


Condition: B

In remarkable condition for this type of map. There is some faint foxing, creasing, edge tears and chipping in blank margins, and a couple of very tiny holes in the border and text, none distracting to the overall piece.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/24/2008