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Auction 133, Lot 93

"New Map of the 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. Compiled from the Most Recent Surveys and Authentic Sources", Monk, Jacob

Subject: North America

Period: 1854 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

59 x 55.8 inches
149.9 x 141.7 cm
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This majestic wall map was published just as the country was beginning to expand fully to the Pacific following the land gains after 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's trails, forts, Indian tribes, and so much more. The middle portion of the U.S. is unorganized but it's northern portion is labeled Indian Territory with only Indian nations named and colored. To the south is the huge 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. Includes a table of distances and a table of counties and towns with more than 1,200 names. Large inset of the World on Mercator's projection. This spectacular wall map is embellished with decorative borders and numerous engraved sailing and steam/sail ships in the oceans. Complete with both original wooden rollers and original linen backing. Printed and published by Hoen & Company, Baltimore.

References: Wheat (TMW) #794; Wheat (GOLD) 243; Rumsey #602.

Condition: C+

The map image is bright and clean and should be considered fine. There is a small hole in the map just south of Stockton California. At the upper left edge some roughness has affected the border with a small area missing in the outer half of the border. A small area of water stain at upper right corner.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/1/2010