Auction 139, Lot 137

"Pictorial Map of the United States of America, the British Provinces, Mexico, the West Indies and Central America…", Phelps & Watson

Subject: United States

Period: 1860 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

41.5 x 34 inches
105.4 x 86.4 cm

A terrific wall map published at a time when many territorial borders were at their most unique configurations. Utah is a large territory that includes all of Nevada and most of Colorado. New Mexico extends between Texas and California, but Arizona Territory occupies it's southern half. While the map is dated 1860, Arizona is shown in its Confederate Territory configuration, meaning that the map wasn't published until at least 1861. Oregon state has just been formed, leaving its eastern half to Washington Territory, which is now shaped as an upside down "L" and touching Utah in the south. Nebraska extends from Kansas to the Canadian border and includes today's Montana, Wyoming and much of the Dakotas. Oklahoma is Indian Territory. Dakota is a small area between the Missouri River at the west and the Sioux and Red Rivers on the east, and bounded by Nebraska and Minnesota. There is an extensive railroad network throughout the East, with proposed railroads, wagon roads and emigrant routes shown in the western territories. There are two insets - one is a large inset of the Atlantic Ocean detailing ports and the routes of Ocean Steamers and the other is a small inset of the Isthmus of Panama, showing the proposed Panama Railroad which would connect Panama with Chagres. The map is filled with small vignettes, sailing ships, ocean routes, and a decorative grapevine border. Linen backed with original rollers.


Condition: B

There is paper loss in the upper right portion of the image and along the borders. There are also some cracks in the lower right portion of the image primarily in blank space. This is a nice example for a wall map this size.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600

Sold for: $850

Closed on 2/15/2012