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Auction 156, Lot 162

"United States of America Compiled from the Latest & Best Authorities", Melish, John

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1822 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 15.9 inches
49 x 40.4 cm

This map of the United States extends west to the Rocky Mountains and provides a detailed view of the Missouri River based on information from the expeditions of Lewis & Clark, Pike, Humboldt, and others. A notation at the western edge of the map shows where "Clarks Canoes stop 3000 miles from the Mississippi." The Missouri Territory takes in the entire northern plains region from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains. The new state of Missouri is presented with preliminary boundaries, and Arkansas is at its largest extent. Today's Minnesota and Wisconsin are here a part of North West Territory. In Texas there are a few place names including Ft. Matagorda, but Galveston is poorly located. There is good detail throughout including towns and villages, Indian place names, roads and trails, forts and watershed. Above the script title is a vignette of an eagle carrying a shield emblazoned with the stars and stripes. The genesis for this map, which is engraved by Samuel Harrison, is Melish's 1812 pocket map. First issued in 1818, the map is dated under the title 1820, with a note that it has been Improved to 1822. This map was published in both the Traveller's Directory through the United States or in A Complete Genealogical Historical Chronological & Geographical Atlas.

References: cf. Wheat (TMW) #327.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now flattened, with minor soiling and a few archivally repaired fold separations.

Estimate: $650 - $800

Sold for: $425

Closed on 2/17/2016