Striking large-format 1845 map of the United States with independent Texas

Map of the United States including Canada and a large portion of Texas. Showing the Base Meridian and Township Lines of the U.S. Surveys, the lands allotted to the Indian Tribes west of the Mississippi…

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Cartographer(s): John Calvin Smith
Date: 1845
Place: New York
Dimensions: 143.5 x 186 cm (56.3 x 73.25 in)
Condition Rating: VG+
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Striking large-format map of the United States extending westward into present Oklahoma, Kansas, the Dakotas, and with a portion of the Republic of Texas. Colored by counties. Includes inset maps of North America and South Florida, the former of which shows a clearly defined Texas.

The decorative border contains 18 finely engraved vignettes including city views of Washington, DC and Philadelphia, etc., steamboats, sailing ships, bison, and various scenic views. At the top is a large engraving of the American eagle, surrounded by 26 stars each containing a state seal.

First issued in 1843, the map was revised and reissued on a regular basis for nearly twenty years, with later issues by J.H. Colton, beginning in 1853.

John Calvin Smith was a surveyor who teamed with George Sherman to form a successful publishing firm in New York City.

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John Calvin Smith

John Calvin Smith (1809 – 1890) was an American surveyor and cartographer who was involved in the production of maps of New York City and State as well as maps of the American Midwest, Texas, California, and the entire United States of America.

Condition Description

The map is backed with linen and sectioned for folding, with original morocco-backed marbled boards portfolio with a gilt leather label. Some mottled discoloration to the map mostly noticeable in ocean portions but overall not disconcerting, some minor wear at folds; portfolio with spine expertly repaired; very good or better.


Ristow, Walter W. American Maps and Mapmakers: Commercial Cartography in the Nineteenth Century. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1985; 318.