1839 Ornamental Map Of The United States by William Chapin

This is a wonderfully "ornamental" hand-colored wall map of the United States from 1839, the first in a very popular series of wall maps published by William Chapin. The map was engraved by J.B Taylor and J. F. Wheeler, and was sold by A. T. Goorich. The series of maps are noted not just for their excellent geographical rendering of the United States, with roads, counties, towns, etc. all clearly indicated, but their elaborate allegorical and architectural motifs.

This map includes ornate columns and is graced with four sweeping vignettes of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore in the four corners. Along the border, the map is decorated with portraits of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Martin Van Buren- the first eight American Presidents.

The map also features smaller inset maps, titled the Western Territory of the United States, Texas, The Canadas, the North Part of Maine, South Part of Florida, British Possessions in North America, the World, Colombia, and the West Indies.

For its excellent, up-to-date information and decorative appeal, this is one of the best mid-19th century maps of the United States.


The map, a steel engraving, is in good condition, with original hand coloring still intact. Map shows visible signs of wear, consistent with age and past use. Folds and creasing at roll lines present. Some chipping and stains throughout, although paper is now stable.

Map is archivally presented in a custom-built swooped silver frame. Framed Size: 58" H x 66 1/4" W x 3" D.

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