First pocket map edition, with maps drawn by J.H. Young and engraved by J.H. Brightly bound into a very handsome full green straigt grained morocco elaborately lettered and decorated in gilt, working metal clasp, includes two large color folding maps; one map on the right is of the US showing mostly the eastern portion of the US but including as far west showing a bit of Texas and the Indian Territory, as far North as the Great Lakes & Canada, with two inset maps, Maine and the Southern Florida Peninsula, measuring 34 1/16" x 24 3/4". The map on the left shows insets of 32 cities plus economic and geographical statistics, measuring 25 3/8" x 34 5/16. Both maps contains two to three very small closed tears, mostly to folds, one located within the statistics of the first map(at fold). A very nice set of maps enclosed in a very bright case with very tiny splits to spine ends. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Mitchell's National Map of the American ...
Publisher: S. Augustus Mitchell
Publication Date: 1843
Book Description S. Augustus Mitchell, Philadelphia, 1848. Wall map, 39 x 49 inches, full period color. Surrounded by thirty-two small maps of individual American cities. Expertly repaired, backed with modern linen, trimmed in maroon cloth, on contemporary rollers. Some creasing, toning, and staining, but overall in very good condition. The fifth edition of an important wall map of the United States, following editions of 1843, 1844, 1845, and 1846. Along with thirty-two small maps of individual American cities, there are two important additional inset maps, which appeared first in the 1846 version: "Map of Oregon Territory" (shown encompassing Oregon and Washington) and "Map of the State of Texas." The change in the Oregon Territory inset is significant, in that the inset on the 1846 edition showed Oregon going north into Canada, while the present inset shows Oregon Territory constrained by the boundaries of the Treaty of 1846. Texas includes virtually all of present-day New Mexico. Another two additional inset maps ("Map of the North-Eastern boundary of the United States According to the Treaty of 1842" showing the Maine-Canada boundary, and "Map of the Southern part of Florida") are carried over from earlier versions of the map. There are also two population tables. As with all of Mitchell's early maps of the United States, the main map extends no further west than the 95th meridian (eastern Texas). Due to the tremendous territorial growth west of the 95th meridian brought about by the Mexican War (1846-48), the map was discontinued after 1850. The map, engraved by J.H. Brightly, also appeared at least once (1843) in a pocket map format, with the thirty-two town plans on a separate sheet. Not in Phillips' MAPS, which lists the 1843 edition. The present map is significantly different in size than the 1848 Mitchell wall map described in Rumsey 2300. An important map showing territorial gains made in the Mexican War. Seller Inventory # WRCAM32896