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AUTHOR:

MITCHELL, S. AUGUSTUS, AND J.H. YOUNG

TITLE:

Mitchell's National Map of the American Republic or United States of North America. Together with Maps of the Vicinities of Thirty-Two of the Principal Cities and Towns in the Union. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1850

CONDITION:

Wall map, 39” x 49”, full period color. Surrounded by thirty-two small maps of individual American cities. Backed with new linen, trimmed in green cloth, on original rollers. Some slight signs of aging, unobtrusive split neatly repaired, overall a very good example.

DATE:

1850

DESCRIPTION:

The heavily revised sixth edition of an important wall map of the United States originally published in 1843. 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). But the development and territorial acquisitions of the nation evolved rapidly during the 1840s, and it was necessary for Mitchell to issue new editions almost years to keep current with events.

Along with the thirty-two maps of individual American cities, there are four additional inset maps, two of which are important and highly topical, "Oregon and Upper California" and "Map of the State of Texas." The first shows Oregon with its boundaries according to the Treaty of 1846. In addition, it shows all of the western territory ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo in 1848. The second shows the new State of Texas which still has its old Republic boundaries. The map must have been published before the passage of the Compromise of September 1850, as the insets reflect none of its territorial provisions, which included the creation of the free state of California, the territories of Utah and New Mexico, and reduced Texas to its present limits.

There are also insets of "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," which were carried over from the earliest editions of the map.

REFERENCES:

Not in Phillips America (which lists only the 1843 edition).

Inventory No. 7790

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