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Rare, late edition of Charles P. Varle's map of the United States, here updated by J.L. Woodbridge and published by Phelps & Ensign in New York in 1845.

The map covers the United States from Maine to the states and territories just west of the Mississippi River. There are four inset maps, including a detailed map of North America, with Texas, Missouri Territory, and a very large Oregon Territory, all delineated and named. The map includes a diagram of the comparative heights of principal mountains in the United States. The inset map of Texas still shows Austin's Colony and other early settlements. The Alamo is named.

There is an inset map of the North Part of Maine, the border of which was settled by treaty in 1842.


On the Charles Varle attribution, David Rumsey (5463) comments:

Although Charles P. Varle is not listed as the creator of this map, it is clearly based on the earlier Varle maps of the United States of 1817 and 1832 (see our copies), but updated by Woodbridge. Full color wall map mounted on linen with wooden poles. Main map color delineated by county. Map of North America colored by state or country. Includes a population chart from the 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses including number of seamen and slaves. Chart clearly shows the states that have abolished slavery by 1830.

The map appeared in at least eight issues: 1817, circa 1819, 1820, 1831, 1832, 1836, 1845, and 1847.


The map is rare in every edition. In fact, we cannot locate a single example of a Woodbridge issue in OCLC. 

The Rumsey Map Center at Stanford holds an example of the 1845 issue.

Condition Description
Original hand-color by county. Engraving on six sheets of paper joined as one. Cleaned with varnish removed. Linen and selvage renewed. Two thin lines of stains in the image, as illustrated. Some paper repairs largely confined to the blank margins. Altogether Good to VG.
Rumsey 5463