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Carey & Lea Missouri
"Missouri." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1822. 11 7/8 x 9 7/8 (map); 16 1/4 x 20 3/4 (full sheet). Engraving by Young & Delleker. Original hand color. 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. This map is a fine example of the first map of Missouri as a state, probably derived from U.S. Government surveys conducted by Stephen H. Long's important expedition of 1819-20. No credit for this source appears on the map, but Carey & Lea were presently publishing Edwin James' official report of that expedition, so they used the information in their own atlas published one year earlier. Missouri is shown in a very early stage of development, with few towns and no roads. Rivers and topography are illustrated and the political divisions are hand colored with bright washes. Carey surrounded his maps with text in a format that copied Lavoisne's French atlases, and his descriptions of the region were optimistic and promotional. Note the "List of Governors," designed for future editions, which has one name. An important item of Missouri interest. CWL On Approval



Vander Maelen
Philippe Vander Maelen. [Illinois, Missouri and western areas]. Amerique Septentrionale; No. 49. From Atlas Universel. Brussels: P. Vander Maelen, 1827. 18 1/2 x 22 1/2. Lithograph by H. Ode. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A finely executed and very detailed map from Vander Maelen's monumental atlas of 1827, the Atlas Universel. This atlas was one of the most remarkable world atlases ever produced, anticipating the International Map of the World and showng for the first time the entire land mass of the world on a uniform scale. The entire atlas consisted of 400 maps drawn on a scale of ca. 1:1.6 million, with as precise and accurate information as was then available. This atlas was also the first to be made totally with lithography, each map precisely drawn by H. Ode. This map is the first lithographed map to show Illinois, Missouri and points west that would become present-day Kansas and Iowa. Within small circles is the population of each state. Other information includes towns, rivers and lakes, roads, and topography. An interesting map of a quality well before its time. $500



Anthony Finley. "Missouri." From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1827. 11 1/4 x 8 3/4. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Original hand color. Small stain in top margin. Otherwise, very good condition.

In the 1820's, 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 in the second decade of the century. Finley was very concerned to depict as up-to-date information as was possible, and thus his map presents an accurate picture of Missouri in the early 1820s. At that time most of the development in the state was along the rivers, and this is graphically depicted in this map. The map is elegantly presented, with crisp and clear engraving and attractive pastel hand shading. Towns, rivers, and political divisions are indicated, and the hand coloring makes this map as attractive as it is informative. This is a fine map of Missouri at an early stage of its development. $325



Burr: Missouri 1836
David H. Burr. "Missouri." From Universal Atlas. New York: Thomas Illman, 1836. 10 1/2 x 12 5/8. Engraving. Full original color. Slight stains at bottom margin at copyright notice. Conserved. Good condition.

An excellent map of Missouri 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 the state at an early stage in its development, with most development along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Each county is indicated 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. $450



Bradford
Thomas G. Bradford. "Missouri." 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 Missouri 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 towns, counties, and the myriad rivers throughout the state. Missouri was in a period of great development, with most of this based on the traffic along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. This can be seen by the number of settlements along these rivers, which the interior parts are shown relatively undeveloped. The whole is attractively presented with original hand coloring, and precise engraving. $375



Tanner
Henry S. Tanner. "A New Map of Missouri with its Roads & Distances." From Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, 1841. 13 3/8 x 11 1/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Some light spotting, but overall very good condition.

A superior, detailed map of Missouri 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. This atlas contained excellent maps of each state, focusing on the transportation network, including roads, railroads and canals. All details are clearly presented, and these include towns, rivers, mountains, political boundaries and the transportation information. The maps were later purchased by S. Augustus Mitchell, and then Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., but it is these early Tanner editions which are the rarest and most important. This map of Missouri is typical of the maps, and it shows the state at an interesting stage of its history. At this time when many immigrants were moving into and through the state, the well detailed road/trail system is of particular interest. $350



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

A slightly later edition of the Bradford map of Missouri (cf. above). $375



H.N. Burroughs. "Map of Missouri." From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1847. 14 1/2 x 11 3/4. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Time toning at margins. Very good condition.

A fine Missouri map by S. Augustus Mitchell, issued 26 years after statehood. 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 early map of Missouri is a good example of this work. Topographical information, including towns, rivers, roads, etc. is clearly shown, and the counties are shaded with contrasting pastel shades. It is obvious from the quality and attractive appearance of this map why Mitchell's firm became so important. A fine early American cartographic document of the state. $225



"Map of the State of Missouri." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co, 1850. 13 x 15 7/8. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Very good condition.

A strong and beautifully crafted map of Missouri 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. Topographical information is copiously presented, but it is the settlement and development of the state that is particularly interesting. This is a period when Missouri was beginning to grow rapidly, and the cities and small towns are shown clearly. Also of interest is the road system that is depicted crisscrossing the state in increasing complexity. The counties are shaded with contrasting pastel colors, giving the map an attractive appearance. A fine early American cartographic document of the state. $275



Colton
"Missouri." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1856. 12 3/4 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

From the mid-nineteenth century on, the lead in American map publishing swung from Philadelphia to New York. The firm of J.H. Colton and its successors played a large role in this shift, producing accurate and up-to-date maps that had a wide distribution. This striking map of Missouri is an excellent example of the company's fine work. It shows the entire state broken into counties. These political boundaries are nicely set off with contrasting pastel shades applied with hand watercolor. Detail includes cities, roads, railroads, rivers, and other features of interest. Included in the upper right is an inset map of the southeastern tip of the state. $150



"Missouri." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 13 x 16. 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 Missouri document from just before the Civil War. $160



Johnson Missouri and Kansas
"Johnson's Missouri and Kansas." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1864. 17 x 23 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

A detailed early map of Missouri and Kansas at an important time in the development of both states. The period just after the Civil War was a time when many were moving from the east to the plains and beyond, and Missouri was often their starting point. This map shows the many roads, trails and railroads in the region, including the Santa Fe trail. The state of Kansas is particularly interesting in showing significant development in the east, but very little to the west. Also included are three attractive vignette scenes of the American west. $185



"State of Missouri." Washington: General Land Office, 1866. 17 1/2 x 20. Lithograph by Bowen & Co.. Original outline color. Very slight wear at folds. 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 Missouri was well covered by 1866. Interesting features are the railroads in the state. $250



"A County and Township Map of the States of Iowa and Missouri." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1874. 21 1/2 x 14 3/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases. The Mitchell firm's maps are known for their precision and great detail. Mitchell gathered the best current information available, and depicted it with great clarity. This map of Missouri and Iowa is a good example of Mitchell's output. Roads, rivers, railroads, political boundaries and other details are shown and labeled. $65



Gray Missouri
"Missouri." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1876. 16 3/4 x 25 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Small stain in lower left. Else, very good condition. Denver.

A map showing Missouri in the Centennial year. It was published by the Philadelphia firm of O.W. Gray which began its publishing around mid-century and issued regional and U.S. atlases up to the 1880s, first as O.W. Gray and then O.W. Gray & Son. This map is typical of their work, presenting the latest information available with clear and precise detail. Missouri was well settled by this date and the many counties and towns are shown precisely. Of particular interest are the myriad railroad lines criss-crossing the state. The Missouri "boot" is shown in an inset in the top right and a nice map of St. Louis in an inset in the lower left. $135



St. Louis
"St. Louis." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1880. 13 7/8 x 11. Lithograph. Original hand color. Light waterstain in bottom margin. Else, very good condition. Denver.

S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., of Philadelphia, was one of the largest map publishers of the middle of the nineteenth century. The firm was founded by his father, who from around the middle of the nineteenth century issued atlases and maps of all parts of the world in all formats. The Mitchell atlases contained up-to-date maps which were as attractive as they were accurate. In this map, St. Lois is detailed with its streets named, wards indicated in contrasting colors, and major buildings identified. With its bold hand-color, decorative borders, and interesting information, this is a fine example of the Mitchell firm's output. $175



Arbuckle Missouri
"Missouri." 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. $65




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