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Selina Hall: United States

Map: USA9145
Cartographer: Selina Hall
Title: United States
Date: c. 1850
Published: London
Width: 20 inches / 51 cm
Height: 16 inches / 41 cm
Map ref: USA9145
Large map of the United States as far west as Texas and the Dakotas. Minnesota, Nebraska, and Indian Territory are still large, unorganized territories with unusual border configurations. Railways, both proposed and constructed, are marked.

This map is attributed to Selina Hall, one of many largely-uncredited women who took over cartographic firms after their husbands' deaths. Confusingly, Selina signed her maps 'S. Hall', which has meant that her work is often confused with her husband Sidney Hall's. We can be quite certain in our attribution here as Sidney died in 1831 while Wisconsin did not gain statehood until 1848, and Texas was not annexed by the United States until 1845.

Sidney Hall's New General Atlas was published in multiple editions between 1830 and c.1860 by various iterations of the Longman firm of publishers. Editions after Sidney's death in 1831 were often updated by Selina Hall to show contemporary developments.

Original hand-colour. [USA9145]