"Phelps's National Map of the United States, a Travellers Guide. Embracing the Principal Rail Roads, Canals, Steam Boat & Stage Routes, Throughout the Union", Phelps, Ensigns & Thayer
Subject: Eastern United States
Period: 1847 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
25.5 x 21.3 inches
64.8 x 54.1 cm
This completely re-engraved, first edition folding pocket map extends to the Great Plains and includes part of Texas with two large unnamed regions extending northward, presumably the Indian territories and Iowa Territory. The map is filled with details including roads, towns and villages, railroads, rivers and much more. Delineates the Trader’s Route to Santa Fe in Missouri and through the territory to the west. Names numerous Indian tribes, Burial Grounds, and trading depots. It is embellished with a surrounding border featuring finely engraved portraits of 16 famous Americans, the seals of 30 states including Texas (but not California), the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the seal of the United States. This early edition does not have the large inset "Map of Oregon, California & Texas" that would later appear at lower right. Here the original insets include the vicinity around Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis. The southern tip of Florida and the north part of Maine are shown in insets as well. Hardbound in reddish-brown leather (3.5 x 5.5") with an elaborate cover design embossed in gilt showing an early train and the steamship St. Louis.
References: Howes #P291; Rumsey #0719.003.
A bright example, issued folding, with numerous small fold separations resulting in minor loss of "guide" in the title and in a few unengraved areas of the map. Light toning along a few folds and faint staining where the map was adhered to the the back board.