Hartford, CT. Case Tiffany & Company. 1850.
Map with original handcolor, 23 x 24 3/4 inches on sheet 25 x 26 inches, multiple folds as issued. Left and right margins unevenly trimmed, with upper left margin less than 1/4 inch from neatline; 6 inch repaired tear to left edge, not very noticeable; repaired split to one vertical fold along center panel resulting in light discoloration on map side; 1/2 x 1/4 inch paper loss, filled in on verso, to fold intersections at each end of split; occasional light foxing; overall good condition; map would display well. This large, decorative and informational map shows North America (minus Canada) at a perspective, so that the Central American countries appear outsized and closer than the northwestern United States. The western half of the country is still divided into territories: Indian Territory, Territory of New Mexico, Utah Territory, Oregon Territory, and Missouri Territory.
Rumsey notes: "Probably removed from the 1850 edition of Croom's Pictorial History of the United States. Out of date in the west (Wheat). With an oval portrait of George Washington under the title and a view of the "Capital at Washington" in the Gulf of Mexico. Map is in full color by state. With explanatory key to Capital towns, towns, missionaries, forts, canals, military posts, mines, and railroads. Relief shown by hachures."
A vignette in the Gulf of Mexico depicts the Capitol building, and a portrait of George Washington is part of the cartouche at right. An uncommon item, dated 1850 under the portrait of Washington; OCLC lists one holding of this first edition at Stanford University. Item #56815
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