June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


Mitchell's Reference & Distance Map of the United States by J.H. Young, with Inset Map of Texas, Oregon, and California, 1846

Mitchell’s Reference & Distance Map of the United States. Engraved by J[ames] H. Young. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1846 (stated copyright 1833). Overall 54.5 x 72 in. (138 x 183 cm), still attached to rollers, mounted on linen and varnished. Decorative allegorical eagle (in Atlantic Ocean) Designed by W. Mason. Insets of North Part of Maine and South Part of Florida. Main map extends to Iowa-Missouri-Arkansas-Louisiana, with a bit of Indian Territory showing. Mitchell has inserted A New Map of Texas Oregon and California with the Regions Adjoining Compiled from the Most Recent Authorities that has parts of the above states on the right, and depicts the Western part of North America: Oregon Territory, Upper New California, Indian Territory, Missouri Territory, Texas, etc.taken from Mitchell's pocket map and includes the discoveries of John C. Fremont. This was a rapidly changing area in the few years just before the Mexican War, and the U.S. gained most of the southern half of the territory depicted on this insert two years later. After that, most maps are drawn coast to coast. Includes the Canadian border as established in 1842, and the west coast of Michigan is redrawn.

Also includes insets of Vicinity of Albany, Vicinity of Baltimore and Washington, Vicinity of Charleston, Vicinity of the Falls of Niagara, and Vicinity of Rochester. Map has state borders in heavy red outline, counties within states colored yellow, pink, and green. Includes roads, railroads, and canals with distances. All set within a decorative border. In better condition than most of these varnished maps.

Condition:Still securely attached to wood rollers. Water stain at top, left half and scattered elsewhere. Red cloth edging gone.

Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000


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