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Antique Maps of North America
from the 19th Century

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SDUK North America
"North America." London: SDUK & Baldwin & Gradock, 1843. 15 18 x 12. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.

A detailed and cleanly drawn map of North America, showing Texas as an independent nation, issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. This map of the North American continent shows the United States extending to the Pacific coastline, with the border with Canada in the northwest left off because of the border dispute current at the time the map was issued. Of particular interest is Texas shown independent, just before it was annexed by the United States in 1844. An excellent example of the work of the SDUK. $275

Gilpin North America
William Gilpin. "Map of North American delineating the Mountain System and its Details, The Great Calcareous Plain as a Unit, and the continuous encircling Maritime Selvage." From Mission of the American People. Philadelphia, 1873. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A unique map of North America by William Gilpin, created to promote the notion of the economic development of the central part of the United States. William Gilpin (1815-1894) had an early career with the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars in the Southeast and then in Missouri and to the west. Independence, Missouri, was once Gilpintown when he lived there. Politically associated with Sen. Thomas Hart Benton and John C. Fremont he changed from a western Democrat to a Republican in 1856. When Colorado became a territory in 1861, Lincoln made him the first governor. Subsequent land speculation in Colorado and New Mexico made him a wealthy man, and his writings such as Mission of the American People, for which this map was designed, made him a prominent proponent of Manifest Destiny.

He believed first that it was the temperate climes of the world which were the central location of future economic development, and he say the United States as uniquely situated along that band to take advantages of trade with both East and West. He firmly believed in America's placement at the core of future greatness. The center point of this potential development, graphically shown on this map with concentric circles, was centered on the area around Topeka Kansas. Gilpin believed that a trans-continental railroad though this area would benefit Americans as no others, especially those in the great plains. Gilpin was one of the first to realize the potential of this region. $325

Mignon North America
Desbuissons Geographe. "Amerique Septentrionale." From Geographie Universelle Atlas-Migeon. Paris: J. Migeon, 1881. 10 3/4 x 14 3/4. Engraving by Sengteller. Lettering by Isid. Dalmont. Original hand color. Excellent condition.

A crisp map of North America from J. Migeon's Geographie Universelle. The map was drawn by Desbuisson and reviewed by Vuillemin, a geographer who was a member of the Societe de Geographie de Paris and is thus quite accurate and up-to-date. All of North and Central America are shown, each nation colored with a contrasting shade. The focus of this map is on the railroads and it thus presents a fascinating picture of this important transportation network, especially in the United States. The appearance of the map is enhanced by the fine engraving and hand coloring, and finished off with a lovely vignette of Niagara Falls in the lower left. $250

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