Auction 148, Lot 58

"The United States at One View", Phelps, Humphrey

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1845 (dated)


Color: Black & White

20.3 x 27 inches
51.6 x 68.6 cm

This rare patriotic and statistical broadside, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is comprised primarily of statistical tables listing populations, distances, railroads, rivers and mountains. The center section contains detailed illustrations of Colonial paper currency as well as a contemporary $50 treasury bill. The bottom portion is devoted to Oregon and Texas, describing the boundaries, geography and climate. Decorated by a very detailed American eagle illustration at the top with a "E. Pluribus Unum" ribbon clutched in its beak. Surrounded by a vine and leaf border.


Condition: B

Scattered foxing and soiling primarily along sheet edges, with a few edge tears and cracks repaired on verso with archival tape. The top left corner of the sheet has been backed with old paper to reinforce and repair some small chips in the blank margin.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $500

Closed on 2/19/2014