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Auction 153, Lot 335

"Map of the United States", Case, Tiffany & Company

Subject: United States & Mexico, Central America

Period: 1850 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

25.1 x 22.9 inches
63.8 x 58.2 cm

A scarce large format map of the United States with striking insets of President Washington and a view of the Capitol of Washington. The projection oddly distorts and for-shortens the western portion of the U.S. It depicts the state of Texas in its elongated stovepipe configuration, which is quite unusual for a map dated 1850. The very interesting territorial configurations include an outdated California that includes present-day Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, a large Oregon Territory occupying the entire Northwest extending to the Continental Divide, and a huge Missouri Territory that extends east to an oversized Minnesota Territory at the Missouri River. The very large Indian Territory sits between Texas, Missouri, and Missouri Territory. The map extends to include most of Central America and the western part of the West Indies. Lacks covers.


Condition: B

Issued folding and now flattened on thin, banknote-style paper in full original color with a 2" binding tear at left closed on verso with archival material. Minor toning along a few folds and moderate toning at top and bottom right where the map folded into covers.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $500

Closed on 5/20/2015