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Publisher: MONK, J.
Title: New Map of the Portion of North America, Exhibiting the United States and Territories, The Canadas, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Mexico also Central America, and the West India Islands.
Published in: Baltimore, 1853
   
Size: 59.8 x 58.1 inches.
151.9 x 147.7 cm.
Colouring:

In original colours.
Condition: This is a beautiful example whose image is good with a few flaws. Maps of this size, intended as practical wall hangings, are rarely found in good condition.
Canvas-backed with original wooden rollers, well attached.
Original colour. No missing areas and minimal cracking and whitening.
Typical yellowing from the oxidation of the varnish. Light damp staining at upper right that is hardly noticeable because of the yellowing of the varnish. Small hole in upper left corner margin (1/4" x 1/2") has been repaired.

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Possibly the most interesting and attractive 19th century wall map of North America. Published in 1853 by Jacob Monk, this large and beautiful wall map details much of North America from the southern border of Canada to Central America, the West Indies, Central America and the northwestern parts of South America. Details the United States in full as well as parts of modern day southern Canada. Printed and published by Hoen & Company In Baltimore in 1853.

This historical map offers a depiction of the United States between the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo and the Civil War. It shows North America during an important period of territorial and cultural expansion following the Mexican-American war and during height of the California Gold Rush.
The California Gold Region around Sacramento, between the Sierra Nevada’s and the Coastal Ranges, is highlighted in yellow. Despite Monk’s bold highlight of the Gold Region it remains oddly inaccurate. Auburn is situated north of Sacramento, between Marysville and Yuba City.
The map shows the western territories as they existed at the time with New Mexico extending from California to Texas, Utah reaching from California to Kansas, and Washington and Oregon extending eastward to Nebraska Territory.

The huge Nebraska Territory rests between Washington and Oregon at the Continental Divide and the unsettled Minnesota that shows a large Plateau de Coteau du Missouri in the region of unnamed Dakota.
Nebraska Territory itself is shown at its fullest extent from Kansas to the border with British America (Canada). Oklahoma is divided up among three American Indian Nations, the Chah-Lah-Kee, the Muscogee, and the Chah-Ta. The map also names numerous other American Indian tribes. The map shows a mis-projected Texas with the pre-Gadsden purchase border with Mexico.
The explorations of Pope and Nicollet are reflected in the newly formed Minnesota Territory and the Hydrographical Basin of the Mississippi River.
Several wagon routes and proposed railroads, as well as springs, mountain passes, forests, swamps, and deserts are shown. The shipping lanes along both the east and west coasts are featured with numerous vignettes showing sailing ships. A large inset map in the lower left quadrant shows a map of the world on a Mercator Projection. To the right of this is a chart detailing the distances between 1200 cities, towns and counties of the United States. Features an elaborate decorative border with a floral, baroque like motif. This is an extremely beautiful and informative wall map of North America.
Jacob Monk (fl. c. 1850 - c. 1860) was a Baltimore based American publisher of wall, pocket, and case format maps active in the mid-19th century. Monk's maps are quite popular and enjoyed a wide distribution in the 19th century.

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Reference: Wheat (TMW) #794; Wheat (GOLD) #243; Rumsey #602.



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