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Auction 130, Lot 113

"New Map of that portion of North America, exhibiting the United States and Territories, the Canadas, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Mexico, also Central America and the West India Islands", Monk, Jacob

Subject: North America and West Indies

Period: 1852 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

59.5 x 55.4 inches
151.1 x 140.7 cm
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An early and majestic wall map that was published just as the country was beginning to expand fully to the Pacific following the land gains from the Mexican War. The gold region in California is remarkably inaccurate with Auburn shown well north of Sacramento City and lying between it and the Marysville & Yuba City area. The Great Basin area is also inaccurate and roughly follows the Fremont model. Filled with wagon routes, explorer trails, forts, Indian tribes, and so much more. The middle portion of the U.S. is unorganized with only Indian nations named and colored. Much of this area is organized into the Proposed Territory of Nebraska. Minnesota includes Dakota, which is not named. In the west only California and the territories of Oregon, New Mexico and Utah exist and the border with Mexico is Pre-Gadsden purchase. Includes a table of distances and a table of counties and towns that lists over 1,200 names. Large inset of the World on Mercator's projection.

References: Wheat (TMW) #757; Wheat (GOLD) #243.

Condition: C+

Overall light darkening of varnish. Sides without cloth edging, with some roughness and small tears at right and a few small areas of edge loss, one just into the border. The top margin has the primary damage as normally seen. Upper margin has two small holes near center, with several areas of loss, most in blank paper between upper border and the roller. In lower left are a few worm holes. The map image is generally very nice. Both rollers present and attached. Will be a beautiful example with minor professional restoration.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Sold for: $600

Closed on 12/2/2009