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Bowen Georgia
Emanuel Bowen. "A New Map of Georgia with Part of Carolina, Florida and Louisiana." From John Harris' Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels. London, 1748. 14 1/4 x 18 3/4. Engraving. Very good condition. Cummings: 267. Denver.

Emanuel Bowen was a map engraver, printer and publisher in London in the mid-eighteenth century. He achieved considerable success in this field, being appointed as engraver to both Louis XV of France and George II of Britain, and later as Geographer to the latter. He produced some of the most interesting maps of his time. Despite his royal appointments and apparent success, Bowen died in poverty in 1767. Through all the vicissitudes of his life, however, Emanuel Bowen's maps continued at a very high level of quality, as exemplified by this nicely detailed map of "Georgia."

This map is the first map to focus just on the colony of Georgia, extending from the Atlantic seaboard to the Mississippi River (actually Bowen has the "G" of "Georgia" on the west side of the Mississippi, implying that the colony extended even further). This map was included in John Harris' Voyages which was first issued in 1705. In the 1744-48 edition of this multi-volume work, Harris added a chapter on the history of Georgia and this map was included as part of that chapter. The map is wonderfully work, with copious accurate information. Towns and forts along the Carolina, Georgia, and Florida Atlantic coasts are shown, as are the few settlements in Mobile Bay and along the Mississippi River. The interior of the colony is mostly taken up with Indian tribes and towns, and the very early trading routes are indicated. This is a seminal map of the American southeast, both attractive and fascinating. $5,250

Joseph T. Scott. "Georgia." From United States Gazetteer. Philadelphia: J. Scott, 1795. Second state. 6 1/4 x 7 3/8. Engraving by J. Scott. Very good condition. Wheat & Brun: 612. Denver.

This is one of the earliest American maps of the Georgia territory, from the first American gazetteer. Joseph T. Scott, a Philadelphia engraver and publisher, issued his gazetteer during the early days of American cartography, and the maps of the individual states and territories are very good. Scott included much detail of rivers, counties, roads, and towns. This map of Georgia shows the state extending as far west as the Mississippi River, a shape it had until the Mississippi Territory was created in 1798. Detail is give of Indian settlements, river systems and towns mostly along the coast of the Atlantic and the Gulf in Florida. This is the second state of the map, identifiable by the additions of an "E" to "Tnnassee." As an early example of American cartography and an fascinating document of southeastern history, this is a gem. $525
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SDUK. "North America/ Sheet XII, Georgia with parts of North & South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama & Florida." London: SDUK. Baldwin & Cradock, 1834. 15 3/4 x 12. Engraving. Original outline hand-coloring. Very good condition.

A detailed and cleanly drawn map of Georgia and surrounding region, issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. This map of the American southeast shows the extent of settlement in the area, especially in the east. Excellent detail is given of the roads, towns, townships, and topographical information. An excellent example of the work of the SDUK. $225

David H. Burr. "Georgia." From A New Universal Atlas (1835). New York: Thomas Illman, 1834. 12 1/2 x 10 1/4. Engraving. Full original color. Very good condition. Denver.

An excellent map of Georgia by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. This map shows Georgia shortly after the Indian Removal Act. The map shows each county with a different color and towns and cities are noted throughout. With his access to information from the Post Office, Burr's depiction of the road system is accurate and up-to-date. Burr's maps are scarce and quite desirable. $475

Bradford South East
Thomas G. Bradford. "North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia." From A Comprehensive Atlas. Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston: Wm. B. Ticknor, 1835. 7 5/8 x 10. Engraving. Original outline color. Some light spotting. Otherwise, very good condition.

A nice map of the American southeast from Boston publisher and cartographer, Thomas G. Bradford (1802-1887). Issued in 1835, Bradford's Atlas contained maps of the different United States and other parts of the world, based on the most up-to-date information available at the time. Towns, rivers, lakes, and some orography are depicted. Counties are named and indicated with original outline color. Because Bradford continued to update his maps as he issued them in different volumes, this political information is very interesting for historic purposes. This is a good representation of American cartography in the fourth decade of the nineteenth century and an interesting document of regional history. $135

S. Augustus Mitchell. "The Tourist's Pocket Map of The State of Georgia Exhibiting Its Internal Improvements Roads Distances &c." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1836. Copyright 1834. 15 1/4 x 12 3/4. Engraving. With inset of Steam Boat Routes. Excellent condition. Printed on flexible paper but never folded.

A nice example of Mitchell's rare "Tourist's Pocket Map" of Georgia, though this example does not seem to have ever been folded into a booklet. This map is highly refined and carefully detailed. Roads, transportation routes and towns are clearly indicated making it a valuable transportation guide for the early 19th-century traveler. While particular emphasis is given to canals and railroads, which played so important a part in the state's history at mid-century, roads still provided the major conveyance to travel as witnessed by the inset listing "Principal Stage Routes." $525

Mitchell Georgia
S. Augustus Mitchell. "A New Map of Georgia with its Roads & Distances." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. From A New Universal Atlas. 13 3/4 x 11 1/2. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. With a few small spots. Otherwise, very good condition.

A fine map of Georgia from the mid-nineteenth century, showing the state at an interesting period in its history. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, lakes and political borders. For much of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the Mitchell firm dominated American cartography in output and influence. S. Augustus Mitchell Jr.'s maps of the 1860s are probably the best known issues of this firm, but his father's earlier efforts are excellent maps derived from H.S. Tanner's atlas of the 1830s. It is obvious from the quality and attractive appearance of this map why Mitchell's firm became so important. This map is especially interesting in its depiction of the transportation network in the state, including roads and railroads. A table at the bottom lists the steamboat routes from Savannah to Augusta and from Savannah to Charleston, an important bit of information in this period of increased immigration and travel in the American south. $300

"Johnson's Georgia and Alabama." New York: Johnson & Browning, 1860. 17 x 24. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. Very good condition. With vignettes of Tuscaloosa Observatory and Rice-Mill on Savannah River.

An attractive map of Alabama and Georgia from A. J. Johnson's atlas issued just at the start of the Civil War. Johnson, who published out of New York City, was one of the leading cartographic publishers in the latter half of the century, producing popular atlases, geographies and so on. This finely detailed map is an good example of Johnson's work. Townships, towns, roads, rail lines, rivers and lakes are shown throughout. Of particular note is the extensive road and rail network in the states that would be come so important in the forthcoming conflict. The clear presentation of cartographic information and the warm hand coloring make this an attractive as well as interesting historical document. $175

"Johnson's Georgia and Alabama." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862. 17 x 24. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. Very good condition. With vignettes of Tuscaloosa Observatory and Rice-Mill on Savannah River.

Another example of Johnson's fine map. $175

"Johnson's Georgia and Alabama." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1864. 15 1/2 x 22. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. Very good condition.

A slightly reduced map of Georgia and Alabama from the Johnson atlas of four years later. This map lacks the two vignettes of the earlier edition, but the information is just as comprehensive. $150

"County Map of Georgia, and Alabama." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1866. 10 3/4 x 13 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Decorative border. A few light spots at lower left. Else, very good condition.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell, Sr. dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases, and it shows Alabama and Georgia in the mid-1860s, shortly after the Civil War. Towns, rivers, roads and other topographical information are clearly shown, and the counties are shaded with contrasting pastel colors. A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive and historically interesting mid-nineteenth century map. $145

Georgia and Alabama
"County Map of the States of Georgia and Alabama." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1880. 13 1/2 x 21 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Light waterstain at bottom. Else, very good condition. Denver.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell, Sr. dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases, and it shows Alabama and Georgia in 1880. Towns, rivers, roads and other topographical information are clearly shown, and the counties shaded with contrasting pastel shades. This is a larger, updated version of Mitchell's earlier maps of these two states, reflecting the increased development at the time. Of particular interest are the insets of Savannah and Atlanta. $125

Tunison Georgia and South Carolina 1885
"Tunison's Georgia and South Carolina." Jacksonville, Illinois: H.C. Tunison, 1885. Wax engraving. Original color. 9 3/4 x 12. Very good condition. Denver.

A handsome map of the Southeast from Tunison's Peerless Universal Atlas. With the development of wax engraving (cerography), more maps and atlases were, for the first time, easily produced in cities beyond the major printing centers of New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. Henry C. Tunison issued a series of fine atlases beginning in 1885 and lasting into the beginning of the twentieth century. This is a nice example of his output, showing Georgia and South Carolina. Small towns are scrupulously noted, as is the population of each state. $75


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