Auction 134, Lot 109

"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

Period: 1853 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

59 x 55.5 inches
149.9 x 141 cm

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-American War. The gold region in California is named, but 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. The map is filled with wagon routes, explorer's trails, forts, Indian tribes, and so much more. The middle portion of the U.S. is unorganized with only Indian nations named and colored. This early 1853 edition does not show the Proposed Territory of Nebraska, but does name Indian Territory. Minnesota includes Dakota, which is not named. Out west only California and the territories of Oregon, New Mexico and Utah exist. Includes a table of distances, a table of counties and towns with more than 1,200 names, and a large inset of the World on Mercator's projection. Complete with both original wooden rollers and original linen backing. Published by Hoen & Company. A very handsome wall map with decorative borders and numerous engraved sailing and steam/sail ships in the oceans.

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

Condition: A

A very lovely example with very few physical flaws. There is some light water staining in the upper corners. The varnish is just slightly darkened overall. There is a short tear in right margin and at upper left corner in the water stained area are some tears and one area of small loss in the border.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800


Closed on 12/1/2010