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1844 Map of the United States, Antique Map, Featuring the Republic of Texas

$10,500

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This is Phelps and Ensign's 1844 travellers guide map of the United States, containing the roads, distances, steam boat and canal routes. Published in New York by T. & E. H. Ensign, 1844. This wall map is hand-colored and mounted on linen, with original hanging hardware. Engraved on steel by J. Wells, Brooklyn, Long Island. This is a fascinating wall map of the United States issued in 1844 – one year prior to Texas statehood. The publisher, T. & E. H. Ensign, was involved for many years in the 19th century in issuing maps like these, usually in conjunction with others, including Phelps, Thayer, Bridgman and Fanning. This important map shows the United States from the east coast to the Rocky Mountains including the "strawberry" shaped Republic of Texas. The actual map portion itself measures 17 x 37.5" and is surrounded by insets. To the left are "The chief rivers of the world"; "The world in hemispheres"; "Principal Mountains” and the text to the Declaration of Independence. Below the Map portion there are ten engraved, vignette portraits of the Presidents up to John Tyler and a key to the large illustration below of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence. Next to the portraits are side panels within which are oval portraits of Indian chief King Philip 1676 (on left) and George Washington (on right). Four other views are of the Landing of the Pilgrims, battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill and Washington's Farewell to his Army. This wall map is from a series of "Travellers Guides" that were issued by Phelps and Ensign from about 1838 until 1841, in both wall map and folding map form. These maps were regularly updated and this version, which the Ensign’s issued by themselves, is no exception. The map shows the United States as far west as what was then Mexico territory along the Rio Grande; Santa Fe, for instance, is shown at the western edge. It is the trans-Mississippi regions that are of particular interest here. In the northwest two large territories are indicated, Missouri and Iowa. Below is shown Texas, clearly marked as part of the United States by a red border (the border is updated from the previous, 1841 edition). This is one of the earliest depictions of Texas published just one year before the Republic became a state in 1845. Other updated information in Texas includes the addition of Austin, Colorado City, La Grange, Victoria, Nashville and Franklin. Also of interest, are the extra illustrations on the map, to include; 16 inset maps of important cities, as well as two charts of rivers and mountains. At the bottom are historical vignettes, amongst which is the signing of the Declaration of Independence and portraits of the first eleven Presidents. Historically and decoratively, this is an excellent cartographic document of the United States.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 42 in. (106.68 cm)Width: 56 in. (142.24 cm)Depth: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1844
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. This wall map is in very good+ to excellent condition. The map is mounted onto linen and has been encased and presented in a custom box frame using the finest archival procedures and materials.
  • Seller Location
    Colorado Springs, CO
  • Reference Number
    Seller: M0511stDibs: LU90971010802

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    Ships From: Washington, D.C., US
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