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Universal Mag New Hampshire
"An accurate Map of New Hampshire in New England from a late Survey." From Universal Magazine. Vol. 68; London, February 1781. Engraving. 12 5/8 x 10 7/8. Wide margins. Very good condition. With eight pages of original text.

Beginning in 1731, monthly news magazines made their appearance in Britain. These magazines, with such names as Gentleman's Magazine and London Magazine, contained poetry, prose, and articles on events, fashions, personalities, and other items of the day that might be of interest to the English gentleman. One of their most popular, and historically important, features was the inclusion of prints and maps to accompany their articles. The Universal Magazine, founded in 1747, issued a series of maps of the American "colonies" during the Revolution, including this excellent map of New Hampshire issued in 1781 (hostilities had ceased, but the treaty was not signed until the following year). What is particularly interesting is that the map encompasses both Vermont (then an area under dispute between NH and NY) and much of Maine (then part of Massachusetts). Detail is fascinating, focusing on rivers, lakes, towns and a number of forts. $850



Reid: New Hampshire
John Reid. "The State of New Hampshire, Compiled chiefly from Actual Surveys. 1796." New York: J. Reid, 1796. From The American Atlas. 17 1/4 x 11. Engraving by B. Tanner. Very good condition. Wheat & Brun: 189.

An important eighteenth-century, American made map of New Hampshire. This map was issued in Reid's landmark American Atlas in 1796, which was published to accompany William Winterbotham's An historical, geographical, commercial, and philosophical view of the United States of America. John Reid was one of the seminal figures in United States mapmaking prior to 1800. His atlas was one of the first American atlases, and the maps from it represent the best of the nascent American cartographic industry. Not only is this map important for it publisher, but the engraver, Benjamin Tanner, is one of the noted American engravers–of both maps and prints–from this period through the early years of the following century. This map of New Hampshire is based on the Samuel Lewis map issued just the year before and it has fine detail throughout the state, including rivers, lakes, and some indication of the mountain ranges. One of its interesting features is the note that the White Mountains when seen from the sea look like white clouds hovering over the horizon. Towns and many roads are shown throughout, giving a fascinating image of New Hampshire near the end of the eighteenth century. A great and very scarce American made map of the state. $1,150



Lewis: New Hampshire
Samuel Lewis. "The State of New Hampshire." From American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1805. 7 1/2 x 5 5/8. Engraving by Seymour. With old pencil marks and wear at bottom. Cf. Wheat & Brun: 187, ii.

A map of New Hampshire from Carey's American Pocket Atlas. This is the third state of one of the very early American maps of New Hampshire; the first state was issued by Mathew Carey in 1796. Unlike many other cartographers of the day, Carey updated his maps in subsequent versions, and this 1805 example from the Pocket Atlas is a good example of this. In 1796 either Carey did not have information on the roads, or he thought it not important. However, by 1805, this had changed and Carey added clear delineations of the roads in the state. He also depicted other new information, including additional hills, lakes, and counties. $125



Carey New Hampshire
Samuel Lewis. "New Hampshire" Philadelphia: M. Carey, [1813]-1818. 17 3/4 x 11 1/4. Engraving by Gridley. Original outline color. Very slight foxing and slight darkening at center fold.

Carey continued to issue is Atlas into the early nineteenth century, adding outline color in 1814. This is a good example of the updated map of New Hampshire. $750



Lucas New Hamphire 1816
Fielding Lucas, Jr. "New Hampshire." From A New and Elegant General Atlas Containing Maps of each of the United States. Baltimore: F. Lucas, Jr., 1816. Folio. Engraving. Full original hand color. Large margins. Fine condition.

A fine map by Baltimore cartographer, Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781- 1854). Lucas appears to have become involved in the publishing and book trade while a resident of Philadelphia from 1798 to 1804, when he moved to Baltimore. In 1807 Lucas joined Conrad, Lucas & Co., and then in 1810 he set up his own business at 138 Market Street. There Lucas first got involved in cartographic publishing with his New and Elegant General Atlas of 1816. In the second decade of the nineteenth century, through his Philadelphia contacts, Lucas was one of the major contributors to Carey & Lea's atlas of 1823. Concurrently with this involvement, Lucas brought out his own General Atlas, containing 104 maps of all parts of the world. Lucas, during his 50 years of residence in Baltimore, established himself as a prominent citizen of that city, serving as President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, President of the Board of School Commissioners, and as President of the Second Branch of the City Council. But it is for his important role in early American cartography that Lucas is best remembered. $325



"New Hampshire." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea., 1822. 11 7/8 x 8 3/4 (map); 16 5/8 x 20 5/8 (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. $450



Jean Alexandre C. Buchon after Carey & Lea. "Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique De New Hampshire." Paris: J. Carez, 1825. 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 (map); 17 3/8 x 24 (full sheet). Engraving by B. de Beaupre. Original hand color. Full margins. Excellent condition.

In 1822, Carey & Lea issued their important American Atlas, containing maps each of which were accompanied by an historical and statistical account of the area depicted. Three years later Jean Buchon issued his revised, French edition of the atlas, Atlas Geographique des deux Amériques. 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.

One of the earliest maps of the state of New Hampshire published outside of America, the surrounding text contains contemporary details of topography, climate, rivers, towns, population by county, plus commercial and other information. $145



Thomas G. Bradford. "New Hampshire & Vermont." Boston: Wm. B. Ticknor, 1835. 10 x 7 5/8. Engraving by G.W. Boynton & Co. Original outline color. Very good condition.

A nice map from Boston publisher and cartographer, Thomas G. Bradford. 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. $125



Thomas G. Bradford. "New Hampshire." Boston: T. G. Bradford, 1838. 14 1/8 x 11 3/8. Engraving by G. W. Boynton. Original hand color. Some minor discoloring from oxidation. Otherwise, very good condition.

A finely engraved map issued by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher. The map shows New Hampshire in the third decade of the nineteenth century, depicting the terrain of the state with considerable detail, including rivers, towns, counties, and some sense of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. The maps by Bradford are fine examples of the developing American cartographic industry and are among the scarcest of state maps. $275



Thomas G. Bradford. "New Hampshire." From Samuel G. Goodrich's A General Atlas of the World. Boston: C.D. Strong, 1841. 14 1/8 x 11 3/8. Engraving by G. W. Boynton. Original hand color, with some minor splotching from oxidation. Full margins. Very good condition.

Samuel Goodrich's version of the Bradford map, first issued in 1838. $275



Tanner Vermont and New Hampshire
Henry S. Tanner. "New Hampshire & Vermont." From Tanner's Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, 1839. 13 7/8 x 11 1/4. Engraving. Full original hand coloring. Very good condition.

A detailed map of New Hampshire and Vermont 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. Each county is indicated with a contrasting pastel shade, and the states are cris-crossed with roads, canals and railroads. Population charts of the counties of both states and their major county are shown at the right. This is a very fine example of early American cartography at its best. $250



Joseph Meyer. "Neueste Karte von New Hampshire und Vermont 1846." Hildburghhausen: J.Meyer, 1845. 14 3/4 x 11 5/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Minor spotting throughout. Otherwise, very good condition.

An unusual map from J. Meyer's Handatlas. The maps from this atlas are based on Henry Tanner's maps which were issued a few years before. Tanner's maps focused on the transportation network of the states depicted, including roads, railroads, and canals, and the Meyer derivatives follow them in this emphasis. The topographical information is nicely presented, showing towns, rivers, political boundaries, etc.. The Meyer versions, issued in Germany, extended the influence of these excellent maps throughout Europe. $140



"Map of New Hampshire & Vermont." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1850. 15 x 12 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A strong and beautifully crafted map of New Hampshire and Vermont 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. A series of tables gives distances between cities by stage, and another pair of tables gives population information. The detail is very clearly and precisely rendered, and with the warm hand coloring this is a most interesting and attractive map of the state. $175



J.H. Colton. "New Hampshire." New York: J.H. Colton & Co, 1855. 15 3/4 x 12 1/2. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Spot in lower right margin. Otherwise, very good 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 New Hampshire, 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 lakes. 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 fascinating historical document depicting the state in the ante-bellum years. $125



A. J. Johnson. "Johnson's New Hampshire and Vermont." New York: Johnson & Browning, ca. 1860. 24 x 17 1/4. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. With a few chips at edges of margins. Else very good condition.

A detailed map of New Hampshire and Vermont as they appeared near the time of the Civil War, issued in Alvin Jewitt Johnson's mid-nineteenth century atlas of the world. 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 and geographies having indirectly succeeded the J.H. Colton Co. The counties are hand colored in contrasting pastel shades, lending the map an attractive appearance. It is an excellent example of Johnson's, and thus American cartography. $110



A.J. Johnson "Johnson's Vermont and New Hampshire." New York: A. J. Johnson, 1867. 23 x 17. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

Another map of the states by the prolific A.J. Johnson as they appeared near the end of the Civil War. The detail is quite extensive, showing all the newly added townships and transportation routes. $95



Arbuckle New Hampshire
"New Hampshire." 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




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