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Morse Kentucky & Tennessee
Cyrus Harris. "A Map of the State of Kentucky and the Tennessee Government Compiled from the Best Authorities." From Jedidiah Morse's The American Universal Geography. Boston: 1796. 7 5/8 x 11 1/2. With folds as issued. Engraving by Amos Doolittle. Wheat & Brun; 645. Remargined on left side, otherwise very good condition.

One of a series of late eighteenth century maps of various American states and territories. These maps are by Jedidiah Morse, one of the most influential of the early American cartographers. Some were originally drawn by other cartographers such as Osgood Carleton and J. Denison. Amos Doolittle, Benjamin Callender and Samuel Hill, the engravers, are some other of the most important names in early American printmaking. These maps are of considerable interest both because of the detailed information they provide on the United States at the end of the eighteenth century and because they are among the best examples of early American map making. $425

"Plan of Franklinville, in Mason County; Kentucky."A map of never-built Kentucky towns by John Reid. From William Winterbotham's View of the United States. New York, 1796. Engraving by Benjamin Tanner. 7 x 5. Very good condition.

One of a pair of interesting maps of towns that was never built in the present-day state of Kentucky. Lystra--to be located in Nelson (later Grayson) County, on a branch of the Rolling Fork of Salt River--and Franklinville--to be located in Mason County beside the North Fork of the Kentucky River--were formed on paper in 1794 by a group of London speculators. The towns were to be built on plans drafted by a London engineer. These reflected the aspirations of the time in the classical precision and regularity of their plans. Each town had squares developed about a central park and there were to be a college, a church, a theater, and a town hall. Ref.: Clark, Historic Maps of Kentucky, p. 64. $250

Carey Kentucky
Mathew Carey after Elihu Barker. "Kentuckey." From American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1813. 5 7/8 x 7 5/8. Engraving by W. Barker. Some darkening at edges and short repaired tear in upper left. Overall, very good condition. Cf: Wheat & Brun: 644.

An excellent map of Kentucky from Carey's American Pocket Atlas. The map was originally issued in 1796, and was one of the first printed maps of the state. It was reduced from Carey's 1794 map which was based on the surveys of Elihu Barker. Unlike many other cartographers of the day, Carey updated his maps in subsequent versions, and this 1813 example from the Pocket Atlas is very up-to-date. The map was engraved by Will Barker, apparently one of Elihu's sons, and Will copied his father's map almost exactly, though leaving out some detail. The 1796 edition showed much detail or roads, towns, lakes, mountains, and the extensive network of rivers. The later editions of the map added considerable new information, including the many new roads built throughout the state in the early 19th century. Overall, an excellent American map showing the country's western frontier at the beginning of the nineteenth century. $325

Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Kentucky." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1822. 11 1/4 x 18 1/2 (map); 16 1/4 x 20 3/4 (full sheet). Engraving by Young & Delleker. Full original hand color. Very good condition.

In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. Covering North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies, the atlas is particularly known for its excellent early maps of the states and territories of the United States. This map of Kentucky was drawn by Fielding Lucas, an important Baltimore cartographer. The impressively extensive road system is shown with good detail, with distances between the scattered towns indicated. The river system and mountains are well delineated, and the counties are colored with bright washes. Interestingly, Pilot Knob, a known landmark, is shown in two spots, both northeast and southwest of 'Bowlingreen.' As with most of the maps in the Carey & Lea atlas, this map includes surrounding text giving a brief description of the history and geography of the region depicted. Overall, a nice verbal and graphic picture of Kentucky. $650

Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Kentucky." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1827. 11 1/4 x 18 1/2 (map); 16 1/4 x 20 3/4 (full sheet). Engraving by Young & Delleker. Full original hand color. Very good condition.

A later edition of the Carey & Lea map, with the counties updated. $650

Finley Kentucky
Anthony Finley. "Kentucky." From A New General Atlas. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1827. 8 3/4 x 11 1/4. Original hand coloring. Very good condition.

Beginning in the early 1820s, Anthony Finley produced a series of fine atlases in the then leading American cartographic center, Philadelphia. Finley's work is a good example of the quality that American publishers were beginning to obtain. Each map is elegantly presented, with crisp and clear engraving and very attractive pastel hand shading. Topographical and political information is copious, including counties, towns, rivers, roads and so on. Finley was very concerned to depict as up-to-date information as was possible, and thus his maps present an accurate picture of the world in the early decades of the nineteenth century. This is the first state of Finley's map of Kentucky, without information on the surrounding regions. $275

Jean Alexandre C. Buchon after Carey & Lea. "Kentucky." Paris: J. Carez, 1825. 11 1/8 x 18 (map); 17 7/8 x 24 1/4 (full sheet). Engraving. Full original hand color. Very good condition.

Three years after Carey & Lea issued their American Atlas, Jean Buchon issued his revised, French edition of the atlas, Atlas Geographique des deux Ameriques. Following the earlier format with maps surrounded by the text, Buchon's maps are fascinating Franco-American documents, presenting a comprehensive statement of the French understanding of what was still considered the 'New World.' The maps have excellent detail, and the text is filled with information on the climate, economy, topography, government, and so forth. This striking map of Kentucky is a good example of the quality of maps in this atlas. $275

Hinton: Kentucky & Tennessee
"Map of the States of Kentucky and Tennessee." From John H. Hinton's The History and Topography of the United States of America. London: I.T. Hinton & Simpkin & Marshall, [1830]-1832. 9 1/2 x 15 1/2 (neatlines) plus complete margins. Steel engraving by Fenner Sears & Co. Fine condition.

A lovely example of a steel engraved map from one of the more popular nineteenth century view and map books, Hinton's History and Topography. This work contained text and numerous illustrations documenting the history and topography of the United States. Hinton used many different artists, all the engravings being made from drawings made on the spot. For their wide coverage, accurate detail, and pleasing appearance, these are amongst the finest small images of early nineteenth century America to be found anywhere. The London edition was the only one with maps of the regions throughout the United States. Elevation is shown using cross-hatching. $425

Goodrich Kentucky
Thomas G. Bradford. "Kentucky." From Samuel G. Goodrich's A General Atlas of the World. Boston: C.D. Strong, 1841. 11 3/8 x 14 1/4. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A finely engraved map by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher, showing Kentucky at the beginning of the fourth decade of the nineteenth century. The map was original drawn and issued by Thomas Bradford in 1838. This example was published in a version of Bradford's atlas produced by Samuel Goodrich three years later. Detail is very good, showing rivers, towns, counties, and some orography. At this early stage in the development of the state, only one railroad is shown, running from Lexington, through Frankfort, to Louisville. Another line is depicted running from Indianapolis to the Ohio River. The whole is attractively presented with original hand coloring, and precise engraving. $425

Bradford Kentucky
Thomas G. Bradford. "Kentucky." From A Universal Illustrated Atlas. Boston: Charles D. Strong., [1838]-1842. 11 3/8 x 14 1/4. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A finely engraved map by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher, showing Kentucky in the third decade of the nineteenth century. Throughout the early period of the century, Kentucky continually added counties, as its population expanded and developed around the state. This map is very up-to-date in showing this political development. Though the two counties created in 1837-Caroll and Trimble-do not appear, Carter County, created that same year, is shown. Detail is very good, showing rivers, towns, counties, roads, and some orography. The whole is attractively presented with original hand coloring, and precise engraving. $425

Henry S. Tanner. "A New Map of Kentucky with its Roads & Distances from place to place along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes." From Tanner's Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, [1839]-1846. 11 1/8 x 13 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved map. Original hand coloring. Two dark spots in image. Else, very good condition.

A superior, detailed map of Kentucky by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner. In 1816, Henry, his brother Benjamin, John Vallance and Francis Kearny formed an engraving firm in Philadelphia. Having had experience at map engraving through his work with John Melish, Tanner conceived of the idea of compiling and publishing an American Atlas, which was begun in 1819 by Tanner, Vallance, Kearny & Co. Soon Tanner took over the project on his own, and thus began his career as cartographic publisher. The American Atlas was a huge success, and this inspired Tanner to produce his Universal Atlas, of more manageable size.

In 1846, S. Augustus Mitchell, a fellow Philadelphia publisher, got the rights to this atlas. Mitchell had lithographic transfers made of the engraved maps and issued his version of Tanner's Universal Atlas. The maps are essentially unchanged, including the original copyright dates, except for their being lithographs and having a modified border. This map of Kentucky is typical of the maps, and it shows the state at an interesting stage of its history. A table at the top lists the steamboat routes from Louisville to Pittsburgh and from Louisville to New Orleans; an important bit of information in this period of increased immigration and travel in the American mid-west. Also included are regional insets of areas around Louisville, Lexington and Maysville. An excellent map of the state. $325

"A New Map of Kentucky with its Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 11 3/4 x 14. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With decorative border.

Charles Desilver, one of the many publishers working in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century, issued an atlas of maps based on the famous Tanner-Mitchell-Cowperthwait series. Desilver used much the same information as originally drawn in the 1840s, but updated the maps with new counties, roads, towns, and especially the transportation network of roads and railroads, always the focus of the maps from this series. This map is typical of the rather unusual and scarce Desilver atlas. The growth of roads and railroads in the state is impressive and indicative of the huge growth in the region during the middle part of the century. An attractive and fascinating Kentucky document from just before the Civil War. $185

Arbuckle Kentucky
"Kentucky." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, ca. 1890. Ca. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

A delightful map issued about 1890 by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company. This firm was founded by John and Charles Arbuckle of Pittsburgh, PA. They developed a machine to weigh, fill, seal and label coffee in paper packages, which allowed them to become the largest importer and seller of coffee in the world. Their most famous promotional program involved the issuing of several series of small, colorful trading cards, one of which was included in every package of Arbuckle's Coffee. These series included cards with sports, food, historic scenes, and-one of the most popular-maps. The latter cards included not only a map, but also small illustrations "which portrays the peculiarities of the industry, scenery, etc." of the region depicted. This map of Kentucky is a wonderful example, including an illustration of a thoroughbred in the Blue Grass region and a whisky still. $65


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