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Maps of the United States of America

Exploration into "terra incognita," or unknown land, by European powers lit the fire of European colonization of the New World. Antique maps of America follow the progress of the exploration and subsequent conquest. One of the most famous maps of America from the 17th century is John Speed’s 1626 map. Bordered with vignettes of the native people and cities of the Americas, it is the first atlas map to accurately show the east coast of North America. Other important maps detail the first colonies, such as Nicholaas Visscher’s 1684 map of New York, New England, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The 1507 wood block "Universalis Cosmographia" by scholar Martin Waldseemuller was the first to name America after explorer Amerigo Vespucci.

Important maps of the United States often document major changes. "The American Military Pocket Atlas" by the London firm Robert Sayer and John Bennett is a Revolutionary War artifact. Published in 1776, the atlas is a collection of maps of the British colonies. Some maps were specific to the California gold rush, with gold hot spots often depicted in relief. Maps that followed the Missouri Compromise showing the division of slave and free states and Civil War era maps are significant historic memorabilia.

Road maps and vintage maps from the 20th century are the cornerstone of many collections. A friendly map published by Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company illustrated the Pan-American Highway through the Americas, including the commodities and tourist sites of each location. The Pan-American map was one of many marketing ploys by oil companies during the Great Depression.


Quick Facts

  • "Travels to the Source of the Missouri River, and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean," a 1817 map documenting Lewis and Clark’s journey by Meriwether Lewis sold for $7,500 at a 2014 Bonham’s auction
  • A first edition folio of "The American Atlas" created in 1775 by Thomas Jefferys showing the regions of North America and the British colonies engraved on 48 copper plates sold for $47,453 at Sotheby’s in 2015
  • The first map of the United States by Connecticut mapmaker Abel Buell sold for $1.8 million at an auction by Christie’s in 2010

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13 CONOCO OIL COMPANY ROAD MAPS
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Est: $0- $0
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Group of Assorted US Tour Guide and Road Maps
Apr 27, 9:00 AM CDT
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Est: $30- $300
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Group of 30+ US Road Maps
Apr 27, 9:00 AM CDT
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Est: $30- $300
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Group of 15 Road Maps and Timetables
Apr 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 15 Road Maps and Timetables
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Est: $30- $300
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'A PLAN FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK...' TOGETHER WITH ANOTHER MAP OF BROOKLYN
Apr 24, 1:00 PM EDT
'A PLAN FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK...' TOGETHER WITH ANOTHER MAP OF BROOKLYN
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $150
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Group of Assorted Tourist Travel Maps
Apr 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of Assorted Tourist Travel Maps
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Group of 70+ Travel and Tourist Maps
Apr 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 70+ Travel and Tourist Maps
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Group of 20+ US Road Maps, Guides and Historical Maps
Apr 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 20+ US Road Maps, Guides and Historical Maps
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Word Map Of The USA Canvas Reproduction Print
Apr 30, 9:00 PM EDT
Word Map Of The USA Canvas Reproduction Print
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $375
$1900 Bids
Vintage Map of the United States Canvas Reproduction Print
Apr 30, 9:00 PM EDT
Vintage Map of the United States Canvas Reproduction Print
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $350- $500
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Monochrome Detroit City Map Canvas Print - 32" x 48"
May 03, 9:00 PM EDT
Monochrome Detroit City Map Canvas Print - 32" x 48"
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Est: $600- $800
$4500 Bids
Boston Harbor Chart by George Eldridge
May 11, 10:00 AM EDT
Boston Harbor Chart by George Eldridge
by Boston Harbor Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Group of Assorted Travel Guides and Maps
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Est: $30- $300
$150 Bids
Map of Lake Winnipesaukee and vicinity reached by
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Map of Lake Winnipesaukee and vicinity reached by
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $75- $150
$300 Bids
3 North America Maps, 18th & 19th Century
May 02, 11:00 AM EDT
3 North America Maps, 18th & 19th Century
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Mariners Chart of North America in Frame
May 11, 10:00 AM EDT
Mariners Chart of North America in Frame
by Boston Harbor Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
WWII 1943 US RESTRICTED CAMP HOOD ILLUSTRATED MAP
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
WWII 1943 US RESTRICTED CAMP HOOD ILLUSTRATED MAP
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$50 Bids
Lot of Unframed Maps & Atlas Pages
May 02, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of Unframed Maps & Atlas Pages
by Willow Auction House
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
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Large Detailed Original Oil Painting United States Map Julius Lira Salazar 48 x 36 inches
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Large Detailed Original Oil Painting United States Map Julius Lira Salazar 48 x 36 inches
by KCM Galleries
Est: $4,800- $5,800
$1,8000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Maps of the United States of America


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Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

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Millers Auction Co.

Denise Ryan Auction Co.

Denise Ryan Auction Co.