“World at One View” Hand-Colored Wall Map of the World.
Published by Ensign and Thayer, 1847.
This is a unique and desirable 1847 double hemisphere hand-colored lithographic map of the world, published in New York by Ensign and Thayer.
This pictorial map was printed as a broadside and features a beautiful double-hemisphere projection of the world. Surrounding the two hemispheres are numerous decorative illustrations and four text boxes, containing population tables of world cities, countries, continents and religions. Map geography shows national boundaries differentiated by color. Major cities, rivers, bodies of water and mountain rangers are all labeled.
Bountiful throughout the map are decorative and informative embellishments, including pictures of native peoples of the world in each of the four corners, vignette world views, female costumes of the world, and statistical charts of river lengths.
The map presents a subtle vision of the United States as the next great empire of the world. Boston’s Bunker Hill Monument and the Washington Monument are included in a scroll and table of the highest buildings in the world, alongside Old-World greats such as the Egyptian pyramids and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
This map is beautifully and housed in a custom frame, all prepared to archival conservation standards. A statement piece for any wall, this map offers an intriguing glimpse into the state of the world in the mid-nineteenth century.
Actual Map Size: 22.5" x 30"
Framed dimensions: 33 1/8" H x 41 1/8" W x 3 1/4" D