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Auction 183, Lot 127

"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: 1848 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

25.5 x 21 inches
64.8 x 53.3 cm
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This is the second edition of this folding pocket map that 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. This example does not include covers.

References: Howes #P-291.

Condition: B+

Issued folding and now flattened and backed with tissue to reinforce and repair numerous small fold separations with occasional minor loss along the fold lines. There is sporadic faint color offsetting.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $500

Closed on 6/9/2021