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Mitchell: US 1832
J.H. Young. "Mitchell's Travellers Guide Through The United States. A Map of the Roads, Distances, Steam Boat & Canal Routes &c." Separately issued, folding map. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell, 1832. 17 1/4 x 21 1/2. Engraving. Original hand color. Mounted on board. Framed.

A wonderful separately issued map of the United States issued by important Philadelphia publisher S. Augustus Mitchell. This is the first edition of Mitchell's famous "Travellers Guide" series. The bright and highly detailed map shows the U.S. extending from the Atlantic to the first tier of states past the Mississippi River. Included are nine insets of the vicinities of cities on the east coast and of Cincinnati and New Orleans.

Separately issued maps such as this were published for the use of wagon drivers, railroad passengers, and steamboat voyageurs in a new and rapidly developing country. The roughed conditions of travel insured much destruction of these little documents which were sold at inns and stations and called "Traveler's Companion" or "Stranger's Guide" or similar. These maps were often updated, sometimes an undetermined number of times within a single year, because demand for the best information was startlingly real. Thus, by their very nature they fulfill the primary role of published cartography. These are maps of great historic significance for the history of the United States, for they were the maps actually used during the nation's great expansion. They were made for lasting wear since the publishers used high grade paper, often bank note paper, and they were folded into leather and buckram covers. They appear to have brighter hand coloring than most other maps issued at the same time, in order to aid in reading under adverse circumstances. Everything about them, the ornamental borders, the fine calligraphy, the depth of engraving or lithography, and even the way they dramatically fold out present one of the best and most important graphic pictures of early America that remains to us.

This particular map was issued S. Augustus Mitchell, the pre-eminent name in American cartography in the 1830s and 40s. With its excellent detail and comprehensive index (printed on a separate folding sheet), this guide was such a success that it was the first of many updated issued by Mitchell over the years. Like other maps of its type, it focuses on roads and canals which are shown crisscrossing the country, as well as the few railroads built by then. This information would, of course, have been crucial for the intended market of this map, the many "Travellers" on the move around the country at the time, many of whom were newly arrived immigrants. A highly decorative and historic artifact of America's past. $1,100



Perley: Province of New Brunswick
George Hayward Perley. "Map of the Province of New Brunswick, Compiled From The Latest Authorities." St. Johns, N.B.: Henry Chubb & Co., 1853. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 15 sections and mounted on linen. 20 3/4 x 21. Lithograph by J.H. Bufford. Original outline color. Paper somewhat toned and light spotting. Otherwise, very good condition. Folding into original cloth covers.

The demand for good local maps led to the development of regional maps, such as this provincial image of New Brunswick, in the middle of the nineteenth century. Typically, topography, towns, roads, lakes, and railroads are shown with impressive detail throughout. $250



Grand Trunk Railway System. "The Tour Through Canada of His Royal Highness Prince Arthur of Connaught April 1906." Montreal: Grand Trunk Railway System, 1906. Quarto. 27 ll. plus folding map. Lovely embossed in colors boards. Age browning to cover, but interior is immaculate with deckle edge to pages. Good condition.

The Grand Trunk Railway System connected the U.S. ports of New York, New London, Boston and Portland with the Canadian ports of Quebec and Montreal, then to the Great Lakes with Chicago as its western terminus. This promotional book was issued with notes of scenes along the way by Prince Arthur of the British Royal family commemorating his tour. A lovely example of railroad promotion as North American railways reached their greatest potential.

The map in the back is: "Grand Trunk Railway System" Wax engraving. 6 3/4 x 12 1/2 (neatlines) plus full margins, by Poole Brothers in Chicago. $125




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