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Auction 168, Lot 143

Attractive Wall Map Featuring the Gold Region of California

"Monk's New American Map Exhibiting the Larger Portion of North America...", Monk, Jacob

Subject: United States

Period: 1855 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

60 x 57 inches
152.4 x 144.8 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 well detailed and filled with cities and roads. Names scores of towns and mining areas including Auburn, Coloma, Placerville, etc. The middle of the country is occupied by Kansas 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. The border with Mexico reflects the recently acquired Gadsden Purchase. Indian Territory is composed of three named areas: Chah-Lahkee, Mescogee and Chahta. Other details include wagon routes, two proposed railroads, explorer's trails, forts, Indian tribes, and much more. 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 with rollers present and intact.

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

Condition: B

The map is overall bright and mostly clean, with the exception of a large dampstain in the top left corner of the image. There are numerous minor surface abrasions as is typical for wall maps, and the ribbon edging on the sides of the map is missing. Rollers are present and intact. This would be an "A" example if not for the dampstain.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $600

Closed on 6/6/2018