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Lewis Mississippi
Samuel Lewis. "Mississippi Territory." From A New and Elegant General Atlas. Boston: Thomas & Andrews, 1805. 7 7/8 x 9 6/8. Copper engraving by D. Fairman. Very good condition.

An excellent map of the Mississippi Territory published in the American edition of an early Anglo-American atlas. The maps from this atlas are the work of Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1833), an Englishman who was the foremost cartographer of his period, and Samuel Lewis, one of the leaders in the nascent American cartographic field. This is a very interesting map of the Mississippi Territory drawn by Lewis. The territory extended from a southern border with Spanish West Florida, at the 31st parallel to a northern border with Tennessee, and in the east from the border of Georgia to the Mississippi River in the west. The territory existed as such from 1798, when it was created out of Georgia, until 1817, at which time the Alabama Territory was created in the east and Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state. Lewis' map shows the river systems throughout the territory, as well as the major towns, forts and Indian villages. Lewis also indicates Indian territory and trails, and the land claimed, in the north part of the territory, by the Upper Mississippi Company and the Tennessee Company. $450



Lucas Mississippi
Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Mississippi.". Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1827. 11 3/4 x 9 (map); 16 3/4 x 20 1/2 (full sheet). Engraving by Young & Delleker. Full, original hand coloring. Very good condition.

In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. This volume was based on Emmanuel Las Cases' Atlas Historique of 1803, with updated maps and text modified by Carey, a political economist. He considered himself an American foil to John Stuart Mill and the London economists who were proclaimers of "the gloomy science" influenced by Ricardo and Malthus. Instead of preaching overpopulation and degeneration of the human species, Carey illustrated the nations of the western hemisphere through maps that showed an expanding region with ample promise of developing into lands of great new opportunity and growth.

The sheets from this atlas, which cover North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies, are comprised of an engraved map surrounded by text documenting the history, climate, population and so forth of the area depicted. The atlas is particularly known for its excellent early maps of the states and territories of the United States. In this fine map of Mississippi, the state is shown in a very early stage of its growth, with development mostly limited to the south; north of Jackson are only two counties-Yazoo and Monroe-the rest of the state shown as Indian lands for the Choctaws and Chickasaws. Towns, forts, and Indian Agency locations are indicated, as are the roads criss-crossing the southern part of the state. Two roads extend to the northeast, one running from the Pierre River to Nashville, and the other General Jackson's road from New Orleans to Muscle Shoals. Rivers and lakes are illustrated and the political divisions are hand colored with bright washes. An important and fascination graphic and verbal portrayal of Mississippi. $625



Burr Mississippi
David H. Burr. "Mississippi." From A New Universal Atlas. New York: Thomas Illman, 1835. 12 3/4 x 10 1/2. Engraving by W.F.H. Jr.. Full original color. Some surface smudging. Else, very good condition. Denver.

An excellent map of Mississippi 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. The map shows Mississippi at an early stage in its development. Each county is highlighted with a different color; most development is in the south and west, with almost the north-eastern part of the state shown as Indian territory. Towns and cities are noted throughout, as are the roads. 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. $325



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

Another finely engraved map by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher, showing Mississippi at the beginning of the fourth decade of the nineteenth century. The map was original drawn and issued by Thomas Bradford in 1838 and this example was published four years later. Detail is very good, showing towns, counties, and the myriad rivers throughout the state. The map is impressive in its detail. Included is an early railroad from Canton to Natchez and one starting in Woodville and heading south towards New Orleans. The whole is attractively presented with original hand coloring, and precise engraving. $325



S. Augustus Mitchell. "A New Map of Mississippi with its Roads & Distances." From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1848. 14 x 11 3/8. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-color. Very good condition.

An excellent map of Mississippi by S. Augustus Mitchell. 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. This map of Mississippi is a good example of this work. Topographical and political information, including towns, rivers, etc. is clearly shown, and the counties are shaded with contrasting pastel shades. This series of maps is known in particular for its excellent detail on the transportation nexus in the states, and here roads, with distances along them, canals and one railroad-from Jackson to the Mississippi River-are clearly presented. At left is a table of distances along the steam boat routes in the state. A fine early map of the state. $275



S. Augustus Mitchell. "A New Map of Mississippi with its Roads & Distances." From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. 14 x 11 3/8. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-color. Very good condition.

Another version of the above map by Mitchell, published a year later. $225



Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. "A New Map of Mississippi with its Roads & Distances." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1853. 14 x 11 3/8. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition.

A strong, beautifully crafted map of Mississippi from the mid-nineteenth century, published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. This firm took over the publication of S. Augustus Mitchell's important Universal Atlas in 1850, and they continued to produce up-dated maps that were amongst the best issued in the period. This map shows Mississippi at an interesting period in its history. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, and political borders. The Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. maps are especially known for their depiction of the transportation routes of the states, and this map is no exception. The transportation infrastructure was extremely important at this period of increased immigration and travel in the American south. This information is clearly depicted, including rail lines, canals and roads. A table at the left lists the steamboat routes from Natchez to both New Orleans and Pittsburgh. A fascinating Mississippi document from mid-century. $175



Charles Desilver. "A New Map of Mississippi with its Roads & Distances." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 14 x 11 3/8. Full original hand color. Very good condition.

Another version of the above map of Mississippi, but with a nice decorative border. In 1853 Charles DeSilver, of the DeSilver family which had been in publishing since 1802, joined the Cowpertwait firm to form Cowperthwait, DeSilver and Butler. Later in 1854, the three went separate ways. This map is one published by DeSilver's company, based on the map originally made by Mitchell, but updated with the most current information available. $175



Colton Mississippi
J.H. Colton. "Mississippi." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1856. 15 1/2 x 12 3/4. Full original hand color. Excellent condition.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The J.H. Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This map of Mississippi, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. The map presents the counties in contrasting pastel shades, and includes depictions of towns, rivers, and some topography. Of particular interest are the indications of the burgeoning transportation network in the state, with roads and railroads clearly shown. An attractive map as well as a worthwhile historical document. $150



Augustus Mitchell Mississippi
S. Augustus Mitchell. "Map of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1860. 13 1/4 x 10 5/8. Lithograph. Full original hand color. Slight discoloration in margins.

An interesting multi-state map by S. Augustus Mitchell showing Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Most interesting in this depiction of the southern states along the flow of the Mississippi River is the beginning foundation for railroads criss-crossing the land and making important stops in cities along the river such as Memphis, Helena, and Vicksburg, all the way down to the port city of New Orleans. Beautiful hand coloration in this map, with counties depicted in contrasting pastel shades, and a nice decorative border. $70



Johnson Ward Arkansas Mississippi Louisiana
Johnson and Ward. "Johnson's Arkansas Mississippi and Louisiana." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862. 24 x 17. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

An attractive and large map of these southern states from A. J. Johnson's atlas issued one year following 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 connecting these states to ports along the Mississippi. The clear presentation of cartographic information and the warm hand coloring make this an attractive as well as interesting historical document. $75



"Sketch of the Public Surveys in the State of Mississippi." Washington: General Land Office, 1866. 17 1/2 x 11 3/4. Lithograph. Original outline color. Very good condition.

The U.S. General Land Office (GLO) was established in 1812 with responsibility to survey and control the dispersal of public lands. All public land was required to be surveyed prior to settlement, and the first director of the GLO, Thomas Hutchins, set up a systematic process of rectangular survey for the public lands and launched the great national project to survey and map the public domain in the entire country, a procedure which got under way in the famous "seven ranges" of southeast Ohio. Each surveyor was to record not only geography, but also features of the landscape with economic import, such as roads, Indian trails, existing settlements, Indian lands, mineral deposits, and of particular interest, railroads and their rights of way. Of note is that unlike most surveys of the time, the surveyors were instructed not to apply new names to the landscape, but to use "the received names of all rivers, creeks, lakes, swamps, prairies, hills, mountains and other natural objects." Periodically the GLO would issue maps showing the progress of their surveys, and this map shows how Mississippi was well covered by 1866. Interesting features are the railroads in the state. $350



Colton Mississippi 1866
"Colton's Mississippi." New York: G.W. and C.B. Colton & Co., 1866. 15 3/4 x 12 3/4. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Very good condition. Denver.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The J.H. Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This map of New Jersey, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. The map presents the counties in contrasting pastel shades, and includes depictions of towns, rivers, marshes, and some topography. Of particular interest are the indications of the burgeoning transportation network in the state, with roads and railroads clearly shown. An attractive map as well as a worthwhile historical document. $150



S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. Arkansas Mississippi Louisiana
S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. "County Map of the States of Arkansas Mississippi and Louisiana." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1867. 20 7/8 x 13 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Slight discoloration in left and right margins.

A new multi-state atlas map of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana from the Mitchell publishing company in Philadelphia. 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 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. $75



Bradley Arkansas Mississippi Louisiana
W.M. Bradley. "County Map of the States of Arkansas Mississippi and Louisiana." Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley & Bros., 1886. 21 1/4 x 13 7/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A neatly detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bros. While Philadelphia was no longer the main center of cartographic publishing in North America by the late nineteenth century, many fine maps were still produced there, as is evidenced by this map. Topography, political information, towns, and physical features are all presented precisely and clearly. The development of these southern states is clearly shown through railroads and major ports of call along the Mississippi River and gulf coast providing the transportation nexus by which this development progressed. $65



Arbuckle Mississippi
"Mississippi." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1889. Ca. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

From a delightful series of maps issued 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. These cards are a delight, containing informative maps as well as wonderful scenes of the area mapped. $60



Hunt Eaton Arkansas Mississippi Louisiana
Hunt & Eaton. "Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana." New York: Hunt & Eaton, 1890s. 11 1/4 x 9 3/8. Engraving by Fisk & Co. Very good condition. $25



Rand McNally Mississippi
"Mississippi." From Rand, McNally & Co.'s Indexed Atlas of the World. 1892. 26 x 18 7/8. Missing corner of bottom right margin. Otherwise, very good condition.

Large, colorful atlas map of Mississippi detailing roads, railroad lines and topography. Index to counties, creeks, islands, lakes, rivers, and towns on reverse. $75



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