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 edition in a very popular series of wall maps published by William Chapin through 1859. The map was engraved by J.B Taylor and J. F. Wheeler and was sold by A. T. Goorich. The map is noted not just for its excellent geographical rendering of the United States, with roads, counties, and towns all clearly indicated, but its elaborate allegorical and architectural motifs.

The map extends from the eastern seaboard west to Minnesota, Iowa and Louisiana. It is set within a decorative border of two large Corinthian 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 roundel 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 many smaller inset maps, titled "The Western Territory of the United States including Texas and part of Mexico," "British Possessions in North America," "The World," "Colombia," "The West Indies," "South Part of Florida," and "The South Part of Maine."

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

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

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