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An 1836 Wall Map of the Expanding United States
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J. H. YOUNG. Mitchell’s Reference & Distance Map of the United States. Philadelphia, Mitchell and Hinman, 1836. Engraved by J.H. Young, F. Dankworth, E. Yeager, and E.F. Woodward. Dissected into 36 rectangular sections, laid down on linen with pink silk selvage, approximately 54 x 68 in., folding to 11⅝ x 8⅞ in.) with marbled paper endpages. Lacking original case.

Inventory #22140       Price: $16,000

Historical Background

Mitchell’s Reference & Distance Map first appeared in 1834 and was published through the 1840s. This 1836 edition extends westward to the border of Missouri territory and identifies numerous Indian towns and trading posts. The map includes a large inset titled “A General Map of the United States” which shows considerable detail of Austin’s Colony and what would become the Republic of Texas. Ten other inset maps depict major American cities ranging from New York, Washington, and Philadelphia to Rochester, New York.


This map appears most frequently at auction on rollers for display or classroom use.  This example is in very good physical condition with the original outline color bright and unfaded due to its preservation as a folding map.  Occasional and minor darkening at folds and the whole sheet slightly toned.

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