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Auction 132, Lot 129

"[Lot of 2 - United States]",

Subject: United States

Period: 1850-56 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

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1)No. 5 Map of the United States Engraved to Illustrate Mitchell's School and Family Geography., by S. Augustus Mitchell, ca. 1850, (16.8 x 10.6"). This map has terrific western territorial borders including the important territorial acquisitions of the Mexican-American War. The inset map "No. 6 Map of the Gold Region of California" is a very early depiction of the Gold Regions that names Sutter's Buttes, Sacramento City, and all of the important creeks of the gold region feeding into the Sacramento and Feather Rivers. The just formed California appears for the first time on this map, as does the huge Utah Territory which stretches between California and Indian Territory, which itself is oversized and extends to Missouri Territory. This edition shows Texas for the first time with accurate borders in the north and west. Oregon Territory extends from the 42nd parallel to the recently established border with British America and east to Missouri Territory at the Continental Divide. Minnesota Territory includes the Dakotas. A huge Indian Territory stretches from Texas to Missouri Territory along the North Fork of the Platte River and extends westward all the way to South Pass. Engraved by W. Williams. Some marginal soiling and a few light foxing spots in map and two mirrored spots at center. (B+)

2)United States, by Morse, ca. 1856, (14.7 x 11.8"). This map is from Morse's uncommon "General Atlas." It shows similar early borders in the west except Washington Territory has been established, the large Missouri Territory is now Nebraska and the Indian Territory has the shape of Oklahoma with the formation of Kansas and Nebraska. Original color and very dark, early impression with full margins. A little marginal toning and a crease at upper corner. Map image is very good. (A)



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Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/2/2010