Auction 127, Lot 355

"No. 5 Map of the United States Engraved to Illustrate Mitchell's School and Family Geography", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

Subject: United States, Texas & Mexico

Period: 1839 (dated)

Publication: Mitchell's School and Family Geography

Color: Hand Color

16.8 x 10.3 inches
42.7 x 26.2 cm

This early map has terrific western territorial borders featuring the Independent Republic of Texas with the long stovepipe border extending to the 42nd parallel. Austin is shown as the republic's capital city. Names Bexar, Victoria, Columbia, Houston, Franklin, Galveston and much more. Notations within Texas include "Herds of Buffaloes and Wild Horses", "Mustang Desert", and "Extensive Prairies." The Great American Desert extends from the panhandle up into the large Indian Territory. The large inset "No. 6 Map of Mexico and Guatimala" shows Mexico in control of the entire Southwest up to Oregon Territory and eastward to Texas. The region is Upper California and the Baja is Old California. In the main map, the huge Missouri Territory lays between the even larger Oregon Territory and extends to meet the unnamed Sioux lands at the Missouri River. The large Indian Territory fills the region from Texas to Missouri Territory along the North Fork of the Platte River, west to Upper California and east to border with Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas. An early Mitchell map that was engraved by W. Williams.


Condition: B+

Overall very good with fine color, dark impression and original margins. An area of soiling in lower right corner and similar light staining or soiling in lower left corner.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/25/2009