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Map of Eastern Kansas
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Map of Eastern Kansas

By KANSAS - WHITMAN, E. B. and A. D. SEARL

Lawrence, Kansas [Boston: J. P. Jewett and Co.], 1856. Lithographed [by L. H. Bradford & Co.] folding pocket map, Indian lands hand-coloured, three vignette views of buildings in Kansas. Folds into original green cloth covers, covers decoratively blocked in blind, upper cover titled in gilt, printed letter by Whitman and Searl on the inside front pastedown. A Bleeding Kansas cartographic rarity: a map intended to promote Free Soil, anti-slavery activists to the region. The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 created those territories with the provision that the settlers in those states would decide whether slavery would be lawful. The border state of Kansas thus became a breeding ground for anti- and pro-slavery conflict. Pro-slavery Missourians, known as border ruffians, flooded into the eastern half of the state, specifically along the Missouri River where slave-based agriculture would be feasible. Anti-slavery forces rallied, sending settlers from the North, with most coming from New England. Free state settlements were created in Topeka (identified on the map as the "temporary state capital") and Lawrence (depicted here on the map as a red dot with a small American flag). On this map, both of those free soil strongholds are shown with encampments of "Shannon's Posse" nearby, dated December 1855 -- pro-slavery forces intended to intimidate the Topeka Constitutional Convention. The Kansas troubles are further depicted with the three vignette views, two showing the before and after images of the Eldrige House. Also known as the Free State Hotel, the house served as temporary quarters to incoming New Englanders. Border ruffians destroyed the building on May 21, 1856. It was in retaliation to this attack and others in Lawrence on that day that John Brown attacked pro-slavery settlers in what would become known as the Pottawatomie Massacre, igniting further violence in the region, and making Bleeding Kansas a major portent to the Civil War. Interestingly, on the advertisement by Whitman and Searle on the inside front wrapper, no mention is made of the troubles, even though Whitman was a known abolitionist and Jewett, the publisher, was the publisher of "Uncle Tom's Cabin". The two land agents offer their services to immigrants, offering to find plots, supply information to interested parties, and complete surveys. The primary colored features on the map are Native American tribal lands, shown as separate and with defined boundaries meant to entice settlers to a region without Indian troubles. Forts shown on the map include Fort Riley (both on the larger map and as an unbordered inset at lower left), Fort Leavenworth, and Fort Scott (abandoned). Also shown are Fort Laramie Road, California Road, Oregon Road, and Santa Fe Road. This map, however, is at its essence a cartographic representation of the slavery conflict and the events leading to the Civil War. Phillips, A List of Maps of America , p. 346; Streeter sale 3903; Graff 4640; Heaston, Kansas Pocket Maps 4; Baughman, Kansas in Maps , pp. 52-53; Eberstadt 137:24; Jones, Adventures in Americana 1354; Rumsey 3069; Siebert sale 717.

$4750.00

Sectional map of the Territory of Kansas compiled from the field notes in the Surveyor General's Office
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Sectional map of the Territory of Kansas compiled from the field notes in the Surveyor General's Office

By HALSALL, John

St. Louis: John Halsall, 1857. Engraved folding pocket map, full contemporary hand-colouring, ornamental border. Folds into publisher's blindstamped cloth covers, upper cover titled in gilt, Colton ad on the front pastedown. Minor wear to spine of covers, map in excellent condition. Rare pocket map of Kansas Territory issued during the Bleeding Kansas conflict. The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 created those territories with the provision that the region's settlers would decide whether slavery would be lawful. The border state of Kansas thus became a breeding ground for anti- and pro-slavery conflict. Pro-slavery Missourians, known as border ruffians, flooded into the eastern half of the state, specifically along the Missouri River where slave-based agriculture would be feasible. Anti-slavery forces rallied, sending settlers from the North, with most coming from New England. Free state settlements were created in Topeka and Lawrence (both identified on this map), with the border ruffians establishing their capital at Lecompton (prominently displayed on this map and labelled in all capital letters). This map depicts the eastern half of the territory, extending as far west as the Principal Meridian. Thirty-seven counties are named, along with numerous locations of Indian lands and reservations. Numerous towns and forts are shown, along with the principal roads and waterways. "Large detailed map showing the Indian Lands and Reservations, the Forts, Towns, Rivers; with accurate sections as surveyed to that date" (Eberstadt). This map, however, is at its essence a cartographic representation of the slavery conflict and the events leading to the Civil War. Halsall's map, published in St. Louis, is considerably more rare than its Free Soil counterpart, issued by Whitman and Searl and printed in Boston. This is Heaston's third issue of the map, with the Kansas Indian Reservation identified, and the counties of Washington, Clay, Dickinson and Pottawatomie added. Eberstadt 113:273; Phillips, A List of Maps of America , p. 346; Heaston, Kansas Pocket Maps 9.

$5000.00

Southern Mississippi and Alabama Showing the Approaches to Mobile
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Southern Mississippi and Alabama Showing the Approaches to Mobile

By [CIVIL WAR] - READ, Joseph Corson

[Washington]: Coastal Survey Office, 1863. Folding map, 24 x 25½ inches, mounted in twenty-four sections on linen. Original card covers with printed paper label. Contemporary ownership inscription on label. Light wear. Minor foxing and wear to map. Rare field operations map of Mississippi. This rare Civil War map was created by the Coast Survey office, the main cartographic arm of the Union Army, for use in the Union campaigns into the South. This copy was owned and used by Colonel Joseph Corson Read, the Chief Commissary of the Army of the Cumberland. In November 1863, the Union armies captured Chattanooga, the "Gateway to the South," enabling them to stage a prolonged offensive into the Southern heartland. Grant moved very quickly to overwhelm the South and immediately ordered Sherman to move against Atlanta and its vital railroad supply lines, at the same time as he sent Nathaniel Banks to attack Mobile, Alabama. Joseph Corson Read (1831-1889) was one of the first wave of men to take up Abraham Lincoln's call for volunteers to put down the rebellion in April 1861. He remained continuously in the army, serving first on General Jesse Reno's staff and rising to the rank of Chief Commissary for the Army of the Cumberland, commanded by George H. Thomas. Thomas was impressed with Read, and on May 1, 1864, with the spring campaign against Atlanta imminent, Thomas named Read Chief Commissary of the Army of the Cumberland in the Field. This meant that, although Colonel A.P. Porter was the Army's overall chief, Read would serve alongside Thomas in the field and had the responsibility to supply the entire army as it moved South. During the long and arduous Atlanta campaign he was the man on the ground, making the supply side work. Read developed a close relationship with Thomas, one with both personal and professional aspects. This map, scaled at ten miles to the inch, shows Mississippi and Alabama from Jackson to Montgomery, starting about fifty miles north of those two points and continuing south to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. Rivers, roads, and rail lines, and all the towns they connect, are detailed, with waterways printed in blue. Two of the railroads, the Mobile & Pensacola, and the Mobile & Great Northern, construction and removal dates during the war. An important map that would have been used by the Union Army in the field, specifically by the Chief Commissary of the Army of the Cumberland. Library of Congress, Civil War Maps 260.1; Library of Congress, Railroad Maps 140.

$5500.00

Northern Mississippi and Alabama
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Northern Mississippi and Alabama

By [CIVIL WAR] - LINDENKOHL, Adolph

[Washington], 1864. Folded map, 24 x 33 inches, in thirty-two segments mounted on linen. Original card covers with printed paper label. Contemporary ownership inscription on label. Some light wear and minor soiling. Detailed field map for the Union Army in Northern Mississippi and Alabama A highly detailed map of the northern half of Mississippi and Alabama, showing the border with Tennessee and all points south to Vicksburg and Montgomery, produced to support the operations of the Union Army there in 1864. This is one of several maps compiled by the U.S. Coast Survey in an attempt to adequately map the South during the Civil War for military purposes. A note on the map indicates that the present map was compiled from various sources, including "campaign maps and information furnished by Capt. O.M. Poe, Chief Engineer, Military Division of the Mississippi, and by Capt. W.E. Merrell, Chief Engineer, Department of the Cumberland." Merrill was Sherman's chief topographical engineer, and he contributed to several important maps of the area, including one of Northern Georgia produced in Chattanooga following the vital capture of that city. With the beginning of the Civil War the United States Army found itself scrambling to obtain adequate field maps for military operations in the South. The most established cartographic branch of the Government, the Coast Survey, was pressed into service to provide these maps, some with a coastal component but mainly for landlocked locations. The cartographers of the Coast Survey reviewed all of the existing cartography available, but also drew on military and scouting reports and covert agents to assemble the most detailed possible maps of places, roads, railroads, natural features. The topography is illustrated with hachured and shaded relief, and railroads shown in red. The circulation of these maps was controlled, and only officers ranking major or higher were supposed to control copies. As a result, they are rare today. Two key figures in the Coast Survey effort during the War were Henry Lindenkohl and his brother Adolph, who were responsible for actually drawing many of the field maps. The Lindenkohls were born in Germany, but emigrated to the United States as teenagers and became American citizens. Adolph had already worked at the Coast Survey before the War began, and Henry joined in 1861. Together they made a huge contribution to the war effort through their superb cartographic work, producing and revising maps of different theatres of operations through 1865. Both continued with the survey for the rest of their lives; Adolph died in 1904 after fifty years on the job, and Henry in 1920 after fifty-nine. This map has the ownership inscription of Col. Joseph Corson Read (1831-1889). Read was one of the first wave of men to take up Abraham Lincoln's call for volunteers to put down the rebellion in April 1861. He remained continuously in the army, serving first on General Jesse Reno's staff and rising to the rank of Chief Commissary for the Army of the Cumberland, commanded by Gen. George H. Thomas. Thomas was impressed with Read, and on May 1, 1864, with the spring campaign against Atlanta imminent, Thomas named Read Chief Commissary of the Army of the Cumberland in the Field. This meant that, although Col. A.P. Porter was the Army's overall chief, Read would serve alongside Thomas in the field and had the responsibility to supply the entire army as it moved South. During the long and arduous Atlanta campaign he was the man on the ground, making the supply side work. Read developed a close relationship with Thomas, one with both personal and professional aspects. An important map of Northern Mississippi and Alabama, particularly interesting as part of the greater project undertaken by the Coast Survey to map out the South during the Civil War, and with excellent provenance and associations.

$4750.00

Chapman's Sectional Map of Minnesota
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Chapman's Sectional Map of Minnesota

By CHAPMAN, Silas (1813-1899)

Milwaukee: Silas Chapman, 1856. Colored folding map, 29¾ x 23½ inches. Bound into original 16mo. brown cloth folder, gilt-lettered cover. Folder slightly worn and faded. Slight foxing on map. Colors on map generally bright and clean. Overall very good. A variant state of this important Minnesota map, without priority, published in as many as five versions in 1856. Many of the counties west of St. Paul are unidentified or shown in their earlier, larger incarnations, and the region along the north shore of Lake Superior is unmapped. This edition was published by Silas Chapman himself, who produced several pocket maps of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Chapman's maps were reproduced later by other publishers. While some 1856 versions of the map fail to show important geographic features shown here, such as Lake Minnetonka, the present map omits features that appear on other versions, such as the Sioux reservation in Goodhue and Wabasha counties and Houston county, indicating the present version is among the earlier states. Not in Phillips Maps . Rumsey 1662; Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1900 (Minnesota), p.124.

$1250.00

Benham's New Map of the City of New Haven
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Benham's New Map of the City of New Haven

By BUTLER, S.

New Haven: J. H. Benham, 1872. Lithographed folding pocket map, drawn by Edward Lyman after surveys by Butler, lithographed by Punderson & Crisand. 102 numbered references. Folds into publisher's cloth covers, upper cover lettered in gilt.

$375.00

Colton's Railroad & Township Map of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut with parts of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont & New York
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Colton's Railroad & Township Map of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut with parts of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont & New York

By COLTON, George W. (1827-1901) & Charles B. (1832-1916)

New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton, 1876. Folding pocket map, full period hand coloring. Inset of the British Provinces on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Folds into publisher's blindstamped cloth covers, title stamped in gilt in the upper cover, Colton ad on the front pastedown. Large and colorful Colton map of New England This decorative map depicts the region from New York City in the southwest corner to Searsmont, Maine in the northeast corner, with the Saranac Lakes in the northwest corner. Both counties and townships are identified, with many towns named. Roads, waterways and railroads are all shown.

$750.00

Mitchell's Travellers Guide Through the United States. A Map of the Roads, Distances, Steam Boat & Canal Routes
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Mitchell's Travellers Guide Through the United States. A Map of the Roads, Distances, Steam Boat & Canal Routes

By UNITED STATES - MITCHELL, S. Augustus (publisher) - J. H. YOUNG

Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1833. Engraved folding map, period hand-colouring in outline. Nine inset maps. Large folding Index sheet. Folds into publisher's dark green morocco covers, covers bordered in gilt, title stamped in gilt on the upper cover. Mitchell's Travellers Guide, with the large map of the U.S. The map, with the borders of the states brightly colored, shows the Northeast, west to Missouri Territory and part of Mexico, including the Great Lakes region, and south through part of Florida. Insets show the vicinities of Niagara, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Albany, New York, Baltimore and Washington, Philadelphia, Charleston, and Boston. The large folding Index sheet includes much information on steamboat and canal routes, and various statistics. This copy very good condition for a guide generally found quite worn. This is the second edition, preceded only by that of 1832. Rumsey 4374; Howes M690; Clark III:74; Graff 4790.

$1250.00

G. W. Colton's Township Map of the State of Iowa
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G. W. Colton's Township Map of the State of Iowa

By IOWA - COLTON, George W. (1827-1901)

New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton, 1869. Folding pocket map, full period hand-colouring, ornamental border. Census table at lower right. Folds into publisher's blindstamped cloth covers, title stamped in gilt on the upper cover, Colton ad on the front pastedown. Colton pocket map of Iowa Iowa experienced explosive growth during the 1860s, largely as a result of the rapid development of the state's railroad system. At the beginning of the decade, Iowa's few railroads were entirely confined to the eastern one-third of the state. By the time Colton published this fine map in 1869, several lines had pushed to its western border, including the Mississippi & Missouri Railroad, which joined the transcontinental railroad at Council Bluffs. This map is similar to another one published by the Coltons in the same period, though smaller and without the "sectional" divisions. Rumsey 0180 (1855 issue); Phillips, A List of Maps of America , p. 337 (1862 issue).

$600.00

Map of the United States
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Map of the United States

By WEBSTER, James W.

New York: Webster, 1836. Folding engraved pocket map with full period hand-colouring (sheet size: 16 x 19 5/8 inches), wth a second folding sheet of accompanying letterpress text within a type-ornament border, entitled "Travellers Guide and Statistical View of the United States." (sheet size: 18 x 22 inches). (Small repaired tears to both sheets). Original dark blue raon-backed printed paper-covered boards (extremities scuffed). A very rare early travellers' guide to the United States. "The map is from a discarded plate of H. Phelps' U.S. [1832]... The index is largely stolen from Mitchell's Traveller's Guide index sheet for 1832, however the information on roads and distances is taken from someone else ... The map has the characteristic oval portrait of Washington, reengraved ... from the Phelps issue. Webster put this together from Phelps, Mitchell and (?) and it is very scarce - I can find no references to it" (Rumsey). Rumsey 3450.

$1500.00

Map of the State of New York Compiled from the Latest Authorities
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Map of the State of New York Compiled from the Latest Authorities

By [MITCHELL, S. Augustus]

Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1834. Full period color, 17 x 20½ inches, folding into gilt-stamped brown leather covers. Statistical table laid down on inside front cover. Five insets (see below). Minor repairs. This is the second pocket map edition of D. H. Vance's map of New York State with the imprint of S. Augustus Mitchell. Mitchell had purchased the plate from Anthony Finley in 1831, removed Vance's name, added a new border, and included it in his edition of the A New American Atlas (1831). The map was first issued as a pocket map by Mitchell in 1832. With the 1832 edition, Mitchell replaced the inset, "Profile of the Erie Canal," with four insets: "Vicinity of Albany," "Vicinity of New York," "Vicinity of the Falls of Niagara" and "Vicinity of Rochester." With this 1834 edition the statistical table at right was replaced by an inset "Map of the Hudson River." Numerous new towns are present throughout, and distances in miles along roads between towns have been added. New York's first railroads are also included for the first time. The title has been moved from the upper left to the lower left corner. This edition is not listed in Rumsey nor in Phillips.

$450.00

Bancroft's Map of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona
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Bancroft's Map of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona

By BANCROFT, H. H.

San Francisco: H. H. Bancroft, 1864. Folding pocket map, printed on two sheets joined, full original hand colouring. Within an ornamental border. Folds into publisher's blindstamped cloth boards, upper cover lettered in gilt, publisher's ad on the front pastedown. (Minor separations at folds expertly repaired, very minor losses at intersecting folds). First edition, first issue of a rare early pocket map of California. An "important large scale map ... The map shows the Emigrants Road to California, Overland Mail Route, and proposed routes for the Southern Pacific Railroad in California and for the Central Pacific" (Streeter). The map shows California and Nevada, plus western Utah and Arizona on the impressive scale of twenty-four miles to the inch. Bancroft shows these western areas with the most accurate detail possible; completed railroads, proposed railroads, and wagon roads are carefully laid down. "All of California and Nevada are shown, along with the western parts of Utah and Arizona ... This is the scarcest of the editions of this map. A second issue was published in the same year, with a different border (interlocking leaves as opposed to interlocking Coltonesque metal strips in this copy)" (Rumsey). Rumsey 4819; Wheat Transmississippi 1219; Streeter sale 3915; Wheat 1093.

$4500.00

The Tourist's Map of the State of New York Compiled from the Latest Authorities
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The Tourist's Map of the State of New York Compiled from the Latest Authorities

By WILLIAMS, William

Utica: William Williams, 1828. "Engraved by V. Balch & Stiles." Period outline color, 19¾ x 20½ inches on a 19¾ x 28¼-inch sheet with nine columns of text entitled "Stage, Canal and Steam-Boat Register" at right. Folding into gilt-stamped brown leather covers. Three columns of descriptive text entitled "Erie Canal." Fine condition. Second edition, with changes to the text from the first edition of 1827. With two insets: "Profile of the Grand Erie Canal" and "Profile of the Champlain Canal." Phillips, p.510. Rumsey 4970.

$1250.00

Map of the State of New York Compiled from the Latest Authorities
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Map of the State of New York Compiled from the Latest Authorities

By [MITCHELL, S. Augustus]

Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1839. Full period color, 17 x 20½ inches, folding into gilt-stamped brown leather covers. Statistical table laid down inside front cover. Minor repairs, a bit of staining. The fourth Mitchell edition of D.H. Vance's map of New York State. Extensive additions to New York's embryonic railroad system, both on the main and the inset maps. "Sold by Thomas Cowperthwait & Co. No. 253 Market Street." added below neat line. The front covers now stamped "New-York." With five insets: "Map of the Hudson River," "Vicinity of Albany," "Vicinity of New York," "Vicinity of the Falls of Niagara" and "Vicinity of Rochester." This edition not in Rumsey; not in Phillips.

$400.00

Map of the State of Virginia containing the counties, principal towns, railroads, rivers, canals & all other internal improvements
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Map of the State of Virginia containing the counties, principal towns, railroads, rivers, canals & all other internal improvements

By [BUCHOLTZ, Lewis von]

Richmond: West & Johnson, 1862. Folding lithographed pocket map, ornamental border, inset view of Richmond. Sheet size: 27 1/2 x 37 inches. Folds into original dark blue and gilt card covers. (Minor candle wax stains). Provenance: David B. Langston, 3d Georgia Regiment, Company K (pencil signature). Rare Confederate pocket map of Virginia, with provenance to an officer in the 3rd Georgia. This impressive Confederate map of Virginia was originally based upon work done by Ludwig von Bucholtz, in connection with his updating the famed Herman Boye map of Virginia in 1858. Bucholtz was hired to re-engrave the copperplates for maps of Virginia originally made by Herman Boye in 1826. The ultimate products of his work were the very large maps of Virginia called the Boye-Bucholtz maps. Using knowledge from his work on this project, Bucholtz issued his own map in 1858, lithographed & published by Ritchie & Dunnavant in Richmond. This map was vastly superior in detail and accuracy to Bucholtz's revision of the Boye map. In 1862, with the need of good maps of the region for use by Confederate officers, Richmond publishers West & Johnson re-issued the Bucholtz-Ludwig 1858 map of Virginia, reprinted from the original stone with minor alterations (including the removal of the cartographer's name). "There are minor geographic changes from Map 1 [the original 1858 Bucholtz map] on Map 2 [the West & Johnson issue]. For example, on Map 2 Jerusalem in Southampton Co. has been moved a little to the northwest of its Map 1 location near the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad, and the road between the two points imperfectly erased (the remaining shadow is additional evidence that the Map 1 stone was involved). Still, for the most part, Map 1 and Map 2 are the same map" (Wooldridge, The Bucholtz-Ludwig Map of Virginia and its Successors"). A second edition of the West & Johnson issue would be published in 1864. The map shows all of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and includes an inset view of Capitol Square in Richmond. A chart below the view lists all the railroads with the length of each line. Interestingly, several additional routes winding from Fredericksburg to Gettysburg have been added faintly in pencil. The contemporary ownership inscription on the front pastedown reads: "D B Langston, Company K, 3rd Ga. Reg't, Anderson's Division." David B. Langston reached the rank of captain of the 3rd Georgia Infantry in the Confederate army, commanding its Company K, otherwise known as the Athens Guards. He was wounded at Chancellorsville. "In stark contrast to the large, often colored maps pouring out of Northern presses, the Confederate imprints are few in number, modest in scale, and more often than not black and white, printed on poor paper. Long before the war was over, they weren't being printed at all" (Wooldridge). Parrish & Willingham 6204; Swem 971; Wooldridge, "The Bucholtz-Ludwig Map of Virginia and its Successors" in The Portolan, 68 (Spring, 2007), pp.26-39; Stephenson 475.5; Wooldridge 254.

$11000.00

Norman's Plan of New Orleans & Environs

By NORMAN, Benjamin Moore (1809-1860)

[New Orleans]: B. M. Norman, 1854. Lithographed pocket map, printed on blue paper, period hand-colouring in outline. 86 numbered references in the lower margin. Matted and framed, publisher's blindstamped cloth-covers preserved. Provenance: Mrs. P. M. Ozanne. Rare issue of the most famous mid-19th century plan of New Orleans. This seminal 19th century plan of New Orleans was first issued by Norman in 1845. In the present 1854 issue, Norman has made significant updates to the plan and has removed the credit to original draughtman Henry Moellhausen. In the 1845 issue, the city is divided into three municipalities, dividing the American and Creole sections of the city. In 1852, this system was revised and the present 1854 issue of the plan shows the city now divided into four districts and nine wards, the former shown via pink lines and the latter via green. The numbered references in the lower margin identify the city's principal hotels, banks, churches, schools, theatres, hospitals, markets, cotton presses, and public buildings. These references show additional changes from the 1845 issue, with new churches and hotels now added. The City of La Fayatte no longer appears on the map having been replaced by the Fourth District. In that district, the Lafayette and Lake Pontchartrain Railroad is now shown, as is a protected levee, a drainage canal and a "Draining Machine" in the northwestern portion of the district. Along the western side of the Mississippi, a "new levee" appears. On the eastern side, two New Orleans & Opelousas Railroad depots are now depicted, as is the newly laid out Belle Ville, east of Algiers. This issue is rare, with only one extant copy cited by OCLC. Cf. Charting Louisiana 180 (1845 issue); cf. Jumonville 1412 (1845 issue); cf. Phillips, A List of Maps of America , p. 496 (1845 issue).

$6000.00

Chapman's Sectional Map of the State of Iowa Compiled from the United States Surveys and other authentic Sources
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Chapman's Sectional Map of the State of Iowa Compiled from the United States Surveys and other authentic Sources

By IOWA - CHAPMAN, Silas (1813-1899)

Milwaukee: Dyer & Pasmore, 1857. Folding pocket map, full period hand-colouring. Folds into publisher's blindstamped green cloth covers, title stamped in gilt on upper cover, publisher's ad on the front pastedown. Lovely copy of Chapman's Iowa. This large, early map of Iowa shows each county divided into ranges, with the state's principal towns and numerous rivers identified, as well as both completed and proposed railroad routes illustrated. A printed note in the lower right corner, signed in print by Surveyor General Warner Lewis, states that "this Map of the State of Iowa was projected by Major Jas. A. Reid from the original plats on file in this office, and that it has been carefully compared and is correct." Chapman's map was first published in 1856, with this second issue, published by Dyer & Pasmore, published the year following. Later editions were published in the 1860s. Phillips, A List of Maps of America , p.337 (1856 edition).

$850.00

Map of the United States constructed from the latest authorities
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Map of the United States constructed from the latest authorities

By WILLIAMS, C. S.

New York: C.S. Williams, 1833. Engraved folding pocket map, period hand-colouring in outline, statistical table in lower left corner. Folding index sheet. Folds into publisher's cloth-backed paper boards, titled on upper cover "Williams' Travellers' Directory...". (Boards worn, some repaired separations at folds). Scarce map depicting the U.S. as far west as the Rockies. This small "Travellers Directory" (as it is titled on the upper cover) was evidently issued in competition to Mitchell's similar guide of the same year. The two guides are quite similar in terms of format (folding sheets of tables facing a folding map), but the map in the present guide extends significantly farther west, i.e. to present-day Arizona in the southwest (with the Gila River named) and present-day Idaho in the northwest (with Lake Wayton, i.e. Lake Coeur d'Alene, named). Longs and James Peaks are both named, as well as the apocryphal River Buenaventura. Texas is shown as Mexico, although is named as the area along the Gulf Coast of eastern Mexico from Galveston to the Sabine River. The map is generally similar in appearance to Melish's 1822 map of the U.S., but with significant differences in nomenclature. Williams would later jointly publish the maps of Texas and Mexico in Mitchell's New Universal Atlas of 1846. Streeter Sale 3847. Not in Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West.

$1500.00

Mitchell's Travellers Guide Through the United States. A Map of the Roads, Distances, Steam Boat & Canal Routes
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Mitchell's Travellers Guide Through the United States. A Map of the Roads, Distances, Steam Boat & Canal Routes

By MITCHELL, S. Augustus (publisher) - J. H. YOUNG

Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1833. Engraved folding map, period hand-colouring in outline. Nine inset maps. Large folding Index sheet. Folds into publisher's black morocco covers, covers bordered in gilt, title stamped in gilt on the upper cover. Near mint copy of Mitchell's Travellers Guide, with the large map of the U.S. The map, with the borders of the states brightly colored, shows the Northeast, west to Missouri Territory and part of Mexico, including the Great Lakes region, and south through part of Florida. Insets show the vicinities of Niagara, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Albany, New York, Baltimore and Washington, Philadelphia, Charleston, and Boston. The large folding Index sheet includes much information on steamboat and canal routes, and various statistics. This copy in pristine condition. This is the second edition, preceded only by that of 1832. Rumsey 4374; Howes M690; Clark III:74; Graff 4790.

$1000.00

Plan of Boston comprising a part of Charlestown and Cambridge
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Plan of Boston comprising a part of Charlestown and Cambridge

By SMITH, George G. (1795-1878)

Boston: "George G. Smith ... Also by Ide and Dutton", 1855. Engraved folding pocket map, period hand-colouring in outline. Inset maps of South Boston and East Boston. Street index along the left margin. Folds into publisher's blindstamped cloth covers, title stamped in gilt on the upper cover, Ide & Dutton advertisement on the front pastedown. A noted mid-19th century map of Boston: among the earliest to show the proposed filling of Back Bay. This decorative map of Boston shows the city divided into wards and fire districts, with the city's streets and wharves named. The map further identifies many of the public buildings, schools and churches located in the city. The most notable feature on this map, however, is its depiction of the proposed filling of Back Bay. "The tide mills had not been successful and, cut off by the Mill Dam and with the flow of water further impeded by the railroad embankments, the Back Bay, into which all the sewers from surrounding areas drained, had become a stinking cesspool. By the early 1850s it was determined that the only solution was to fill the bay, and in 1854 the state and the Boston Water Power Company, the two major owners of the Back Bay flats, made an agreement for filling them. This agreement included the street grid plan shown on the 1855 map. This street grid had been laid out without regard for the railroad tracks, and eventually only the streets east of Dartmouth, which is just west of the point where the tracks crossed, were constructed..." (Mapping Boston, plate 39, page 205). The filling of Back Bay would begin in 1857 and take nearly twenty-five years to complete. This copy an unusual variant, with a large reservoir appearing just below the Mill Dam, with the explanation "Plan of improvement proposed by Hon. David Sears." This reservoir was removed in subsequent issues of the map, suggesting this to be an early state. Mapping of Boston , p. 205.

$2750.00

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