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Auction 164, Lot 87

Large Wall Map Featuring an Enlarged Gold Region of California

"New Map of That Portion of North America, Exhibiting the United States and Territories, the Canadas, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Mexico, Also, Central America, and the West India Islands...", Monk, Jacob

Subject: North America

Period: 1854 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

59.1 x 55.6 inches
150.1 x 141.2 cm

This majestic wall map was published just as the country was beginning to expand fully to the Pacific following the land gains after the Mexican War. The gold region in California is remarkably inaccurate with Auburn shown well north of Sacramento City and lying between it and the Marysville/Yuba City area. The Great Basin area is also inaccurate and roughly follows the Fremont model. Filled with wagon routes, explorer's trails, forts, Indian tribes, and much more. The middle of the country is occupied by the newly organized Kanzas Territory and Nebraska Territory, which stretches from the Missouri River to the Continental Divide. Also features very large, early configurations of Washington, Oregon, Utah and New Mexico territories. Indian Territory is composed of three named areas: Chah-Lahkee, Moscogee and Chahta. This edition also depicts the boundary line of the proposed Gadsden Purchase in present-day southern Arizona. Surrounding the main map image is a table of distances, a table of United States counties, and a large inset of the World on Mercator's projection. This spectacular wall map is embellished with decorative borders and numerous engraved sailing/steamships in the oceans. Printed and published by Hoen & Company, Baltimore. Original linen backing, rollers present and intact.

References: cf. Wheat (TMW) #794; cf. Wheat (GOLD) 243.

Condition: B+

The map is overall bright, mostly clean, and in very good condition. There is a damp stain along the left border and at top left. There are the commonly seen small cracks concentrated in the top third of the image and some minor chips in the left and right blank margins. The rollers are present and intact, with the top right mounting ring missing. An overall attractive example.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $700

Closed on 9/13/2017