New York. Pratt, Woodford, Farmer & Brace. 1853.
School atlas, containing 18 hand-colored maps, consisting of 11 double-page and 7 single-page maps, 70 pages, 12 x 9 1/2 inches, pictorial thick card covers. Maps are chiefly of the United States and Territories. Many have copyright dates (1844) at odds with the date of publication printed on the Atlas' front cover (1853). Covers are badly soiled with loss to lower fore-edge rear board, occasional edge tears and spotting, but maps, overall, are clean and sharply delineated. A most interesting map is the two-sheet (12 x 19 inch) "United States, Canada and a Part of Mexico" map. The West Coast is dominated by California, Oregon, and Washington, the boundaries of the latter two extending far to the east. California features the "Puebla de los Angeles," while Oregon City and Fort Okanagan are shown on the two territories to the North. The Gadsden Purchase has yet to occur. Another two-sheet map 12 x 19 inches titled "Western Territories" provides, on a larger scale, an enhanced depiction of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. The city of Olympia is shown in Washington, Salem and Portland in Oregon, and Sacramento City and San Francisco are present on the Upper California map. Olney's is an engaging mid-19th century atlas clearly demonstrating that westward expansion on a major scale is the country's inevitable destiny. Item #50167