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Description

Including Chippewa Territory!

Scarce folding map of the United States at the outset of the American Civil War, published by Wyld in London.

The map shows the United States east of the 100th meridian, focusing on the theater of the American Civil War for the British public.

Blue outlines indicate the "slave states," including the border states of Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri. Symbols indicate arsenals, forts, and railroads. 

The borders of Minnesota, Dacotah Territory and Kansas are highly inaccurate.  Chippewa is shown as a separate entity north of Dacotah.

The map includes large insets of the area around the City of Washington and District of Columbia, Country Round Washington, Pensacola Bay and its Fortifications, and Charleston.

Condition Description
Segmented and laid on linen, with original covers.
James Wyld Biography

James Wyld Sr. (1790-1836) was a British cartographer and one of Europe’s leading mapmakers. He made many contributions to cartography, including the introduction of lithography into map printing in 1812.

William Faden, another celebrated cartographer, passed down his mapmaking business to Wyld in 1823. The quality and quantity of Faden’s maps, combined with Wyld’s considerable skill, brought Wyld great prestige.

Wyld was named geographer to His Majesty George IV and William IV, as well as HRH the Duke of York. In 1825, he was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society in 1830. Also in 1830, his son, James Wyld Jr., took over his publishing house. Wyld Sr. died of overwork on October 14, 1836.

James Wyld Jr. (1812-87) was a renowned cartographer in his own right and he successfully carried on his father’s business. He gained the title of Geographer to the Queen and H.R.H. Prince Albert. Punch (1850) described him in humorous cartographic terms, “If Mr. Wyld’s brain should be ever discovered (we will be bound he has a Map of it inside his hat), we should like to have a peep at it, for we have a suspicion that the two hemispheres must be printed, varnished, and glazed, exactly like a pair of globes.”