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Auction 157, Lot 168

"Mitchell's National Map of the American Republic or United States of North America, Together with Maps of the Vicinities of Thirty-Two of the Principal Cities and Towns in the Union", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1846 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

47 x 38 inches
119.4 x 96.5 cm

This is a very nice wall map that was drawn by J.H. Young and engraved by J.H. Brightly. It extends into Texas, Indian Territory, and Minnesota with a large unorganized area to the west labeled Dacotah or Sioux. Large insets within the map include the new State of Texas (with its largest borders), a "Map of the North-Eastern Boundary of the United States according to the Treaty of 1842" which details the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, and another detailing Oregon Territory which shows the territory extending well into Canada. The map is very detailed with hundreds of place names, plus roads, villages, railroads, ports, etc. A table gives the 1840 population for 120 cities and another gives the states' population of Whites, Free Blacks and Slaves. The state of New Hampshire is listed with only one slave. Surrounding the map are 32 city plans which itself is contained with a wide decorative border. With the original wooden rollers. This large wall map should not be confused with the smaller (24 x 34") and more common map with the same title.


Condition: B+

The map is overall very good with the varnish moderately darkened, which is quite common for this map. There is a 6" crack in the top right decorative border extending to the inset of Providence along with a few other minor cracks or tiny chips in the image. There are additional small chips along the edges of the sheets and close to the rollers, away from the map image. Rollers are present and completely intact.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $800

Closed on 5/4/2016