"Map of the United States", Case, Tiffany & Company
Subject: United States & Mexico, Central America
Period: 1855 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
24.3 x 23.8 inches
61.7 x 60.5 cm
This is a scarce, large format map of the United States with large vignettes of President Washington in an oval boarder, and a nice view of the "Capitol of Washington." The map's projection oddly distorts the western portion of the U.S. The very interesting territorial configurations include an odd pre-Gadsden Purchase border with Mexico that does a bit of wandering, and a large Oregon Territory that occupies the entire Northwest and extends to the Continental Divide. Oregon is bordered to the east by the huge Missouri Territory that extends to an early configuration of Minnesota Territory at the Missouri River. Indian Territory is correctly shown rather than the huge area occupied in earlier editions of this map. Kansas Territory has just formed between Utah and Missouri with no sign of Colorado. Utah and New Mexico territories are at their largest extent. In Utah a Mormon Settlement is located at the southern end of the Great Salt Lake. The map extends to show Central America to below Panama City into Darien and part of the West Indies to Haiti.
Issued folding and now flattened with original color printed on thin banknote-style paper with light toning along one fold. There are two splits at fold intersections that result in very minor image loss, one of which has been closed on verso with archival tape. Trimmed to neatline at left, with minor loss of neatline in a few spots.