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Nice example of William Chapin's famous Ornamental Map of the United States, published W. Chapin and J.B. Taylor and sold by T & E.H. Ensign.

The main portion of the map covers the United States to just west of the Mississippi. The decorative elements for which the map is named include corner views of Baltimore, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Surrounding the map are portraits of the presidents up to James K. Polk.

The includes the following insets:

  • The Western Territory of the United States.
  • Texas
  • The Canadas Nova Scotia N. Brunswick & Newfoundland
  • The North Part of Maine
  • South Part of Florida
  • British Possessions of North America
  • Colombia
  • The World
  • West Indies


P-Maps page 892 lists an edition of 1839, presumed to be the first edition. And Rumsey (2128) notes that the map was published up to 1853. The map, in fact, was published up to 1865.

As the editions of the map progressed more portraits were added to the border and the insets were changed.

Condition Description
Original hand-color by county. Six sheets joined as one. Linen backing and selvage renewed. Cleaned and varnish removed. Dampstain and damage to the left edge repaired with some image replaced in facsimile. Likewise with the upper-right corner. Mounted on wooden dowels.
See Karrow 1-1540. See Rumsey 2937 (calling his 1853 printing a "Late edition")