Catalog Archive
Auction 161, Lot 154

"[Map in Book] The United States of America [in] The World as It Is, and as It Has Been; or a Comprehensive Geography and History Ancient and Modern ", Colton, Joseph Hutchins

Subject: United States

Period: 1856 (published)


Color: Hand Color

26 x 15.3 inches
66 x 38.9 cm
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This great map features numerous early western territorial boundaries. Washington and Oregon Territories extend to the huge Nebraska Territory at the Continental Divide. Nebraska Territory in turn, extends to the Missouri River where it borders Dakotah and Minnesota territories. Utah Territory spans from California east to join Nebraska and Kanzas along the Rocky Mountains and Continental Divide. The very large New Mexico Territory comprises all of today's Arizona, the southern tip of Nevada, and part of Colorado. The map details the exploration routes of many expeditions including those of Marcy, Kearny, Fremont, etc., and locates the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon Trail. An uncommon issue printed on bank-note paper and surrounded in a flourishing decorative border.

The map is bound into the front cover of The World as It Is, and as It Has Been; or a Comprehensive Geography and History Ancient and Modern (8.5 x 10.9"). It is filled with 79 hand colored maps interspersed within the text, including several single page maps, and a double-page map of the United States featuring the phantom territory of Mesilla below New Mexico. Several other maps also depict Mesilla. 272 pp. Hardbound in gilt stamped black cloth-covered boards with gilt title on front cover and spine.


Condition: B+

The large folding map attached to the inside back cover has wide margins, light scattered foxing and a few short splits at fold intersections. The other smaller maps and text are very good with light toning and scattered foxing. The front hinge is starting, the covers are worn and bumped, and the spine has minor chips at head and tail.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/8/2017