A Graphic and Statistical Tour de Force
Rare wall map of the United States, published in the early years of the American Civil War by Baker & Co. in Philadelphia, with a credit to J.M. Atwood as map engraver in Philadelphia.
Smith's map illustrates the United States from Coast to Coast in the second year of the War, shortly after the admission of Nevada Territory and Colorado Territory to the Union, but prior to the admission of Arizona Territory, which is shown here below New Mexico Territory.
The map is remarkable compendium of American patriotism and data, ringed with the portraits of 29 important Americans, including President Lincoln and a number of naval and military leaders and politicians.
Four large vignettes decorate the outer parts of the map, including:
- An allegorical image entitled The Rescue of the Union
- Birth of the Union / Bunker Hill
- Victory of the Monitor over the Merrimac
- Washington DC
In addition to the main map, there are four smaller maps, including:
- Map Showing Distribution of Slave and Colored Population in the United States (with a statistical table)]
- Map showing the Distribution of Staples in Colors . . . Also Distribution of Plants, Trees and Animals by Thomas Meehan, Nurseryman of Germantown, PA
- Map Showing The Fall of Rain and Mean Annual Temperature with the Mountains, Plains and River Systems.
- World on Mercator Projection (heavily damaged -- showing ocean currents)
Several interesting smaller map and non-map vignettes also appear including an illustrated guide to "The Races of Mankind" and "Prevailing Religions of the World". At the far center, a table shows the times in approximately 70 US Cities, relative to "12 O'Clock High Noon At Washington," at a time when there were no time zones.
States of the Map & Rarity
There are at least 3 states of the map, which was first issued in 1862.
The map is rare on the market.