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Holland: Provinces of New York, New Jersey
Samuel Holland. "The Provinces of New York, and New Jersey; with part of Pensilvania, and the Governments of Trois Rivieres and Montreal. Drawn by Capt. Holland. Engraved by Thomas Jefferys, Geographer to His Majesty." Separately issued "saddle bag" map: dissected into 16 sections, newly backed onto buckram. London: R. Sayer & T. Jefferys, 1775. 54 x 21 1/4. Original outline hand color. Paper age toned and with a few chips and stains. Overall, very good condition. Stevens & Tree, 44b.

An unusual, elongated map by Capt. Samuel Holland, the first Surveyor General for the Northern District of British North America. It shows from the entrance of the Delaware Bay to Quebec, with special emphasis on eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and both sides of the Hudson River, up Lake Champlain and then up the Richelieu River to the Saint Lawrence. Holland was a Dutch military engineer in the British army and a fine draftsman; he was appointed by the King as the first Surveyor General for the northern region. It contains impressive detail of towns, roads, rivers and mountains. In the lower right corner is an especially fine title cartouche depicting a scene of the Hudson River at the 'Topan Sea' (present-day Tapanzee). This view was taken from Thomas Pownall's print published in the Scenographia Americana, with the cliff face used for the title information. This is a excellent example of an important American map. $5,200



Faden: Elizabeth Town Point
John Hills. "Sketch of the Position of the British Forces at Elizabeth Town Point after their Return from Connecticut Farm, in the Province of East Jersey: under the Command of His Excell'y Lieut't Gen'l Knyphausen, on the 8th June 1780, by John Hills, Lieut't 23d Reg't & Ass't Eng'r." London: William Faden, April 12th, 1784. 24 1/4 x 20 1/2. Engraving. Full margins. Laid down on a board; otherwise very good condition. Nebenzahl: 146.

One of William Faden's rare and important series of Revolutionary War battle maps. During the Revolution, the British public, government and military had a great desire for accurate maps of the events from across the Atlantic. The most important publisher of such maps was William Faden, who had access to many of the original drawings sent by soldiers and surveyors from the Americas. These provided then, and provide now, the most accurate and contemporary look at the battles, events and locations of the War.P> After the Hessian humiliation at Trenton, Wilhem von Knyphausen commanded all the German mercenaries in America. As commandant of all British forces in New York in June, 1780, while General Henry Clinton was south in Charleston, Knyphausen invaded New Jersey with 6,000 troops, apparently following an old plan of Clinton's to attack Morristown. Stopped by a much smaller force at Springfield Bridge, Knyphausen retreated and fortified in the positions as shown. From these positions Knyphausen and the now-returned Clinton attacked again with the same results, whereupon Knyphausen withdrew his troops from New Jersey.

As Nebenzahl states, the map "depicts at large scale the British and Hessian forces, naming the units and commanders" and "shows the fortifications and bridge of boats used for the retreat to Staten Island." $12,000



Mathew Carey. "New Jersey." From American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1796. 7 1/4 x 5 3/4. Engraving by A. Doolittle, New Haven. Very good condition. Cf. Wheat & Brun, 416. First state.

An excellent map of New Jersey from Carey's American Pocket Atlas of 1796. This is the first state of one of the very early American maps of New Jersey; the second state was issued by Mathew Carey in 1801. Unlike many other cartographers of the day, Carey updated his maps in subsequent versions, and this eighteenth century example illustrates how the 1796 printing did not have information on the roads. However, by 1801, this had changed and Carey added copious and clear delineations of the many of the roads that traversed the state. Philadelphia, Fort Mifflin and New Castle are the only locales on the west bank of the Delaware River. He would subsequently add towns in New Jersey. True to his patriotic mission, the scale of miles is given in "American Miles." Overall this is an excellent American map of the Garden State. $350



Aaron Arrowsmith. "New Jersey." From A New and Elegant General Atlas. By Aaron Arrowsmith and Samuel Lewis. Boston: Thomas & Andrews, 1812. 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 (neat lines) plus margins. Engraving. Very good condition.

An uncolored map of the state of New Jersey as it appeared to contemporaries at the beginning of the War of 1812. The European maps from this atlas are the work of Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1833), an Englishman who was the foremost cartographer of his period, and the American maps were chiefly derived from work by Samuel Lewis. Towns, rivers and roads are noted; however, there is also the old line of demarcation between East and West New Jersey that was formulated in colonial times. $225



"New Jersey." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea., 1827. 11 1/2 x 9 1/8 (map); 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 (full sheet). Engraving by Kneass. 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 of New Jersey is typical of his maps. Detail of the road system and towns is of particular interest, as is the text. Overall, a nice verbal and graphic picture of New Jersey. $475



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

An attractive map of New Jersey by Thomas Bradford from Samuel G. Goodrich's edition of Bradford's important atlas. The first half of the nineteenth century was a time of considerable growth for the state and this map illustrates the social, political and transportation situation at the time. The map is a reduced and updated version of Thomas Gordon's excellent 1828 map, which was in effect the first official state map. Counties are named and indicated in contrasting shades, and rivers, lakes, and towns are precisely depicted. The burgeoning road, railroad and canal network is clearly indicated throughout. The soft pastel colors used are particularly appealing, making this a nice picture of New Jersey just before mid-century. $375



Mitchell New Jersey
After T. Gordon. "Map of New Jersey Reduced From T. Gordon's Map." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1850. 15 x 12 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. Full margins. A few spots near top. Otherwise, very good condition.

A strong and beautifully crafted map of New Jersey 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 is their version of the map reduced from Thomas Gordon's excellent 1828 map, which first appeared in the H.S. Tanner atlas of earlier in the century. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, lakes 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. This information is clearly depicted here, including rail lines, steamboat routes, canals and roads. A series of tables gives distances between cities by stage, and another table 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. $275



Magnus: City of Newark
"Map of the City of Newark." New York: Charles Magnus, ca. 1855. 6 1/4 x 8 5/8. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand color. Full margins with folded letter sheet. Very good condition.

Magnus is probably best known for his production of birds-eye views of cities in the U.S. and Canada, though his firm also produced some quite informative maps at the time of the Civil War as well. This is a nicely detailed map of Newark, New Jersey not long after 1853, as the population of that year is indicated as 48,000. From the time period indicated by the population figure, this would appear to be a fairly early effort from the Magnus firm. A fine and attractive example of mid-nineteenth century lithography. $175



"New Jersey." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1856. 16 x 13. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Scattered light spots. Else, very good condition.

A Colton map of New Jersey, from the mid-1850s, showing the development of the transportation network in New Jersey and the surrounding region. $175



Hopkins 1860 NJ wall map
G. Morgan Hopkins. "Topographical map of the State of New Jersey together with the vicinities of New York and Philadelphia, and with most of the state of Delaware from the State Geological Survey and the U.S. Coast Survey, and from surveys by G. Morgan Hopkins, civil engineer." Philadelphia: H. G. Bond, 1860. Original hand color. Decorative grapevine border. Separately issued varnished wall map mounted to original canvas backing with original wood rollers. Various light patches in varnish as to be expected. Otherwise, very good condition. Snyder, J. P., Mapping of New Jersey, p. 105.

An impressive and wonderfully detailed wall map of New Jersey published just before the start of the Civil War. In 1854, William Kitchell was hired as State Geologist and he immediately commenced work to produce a large topographical wall map of the state. Work on the map was suspended two years later due to state financial problems and Kitchell was dismissed from his job. However, he was determined to complete this map. Kitchell lobbied the state for four years to allow him to publish the map privately which the state eventually allowed him to do in 1860. The result is one of the most important maps of New Jersey ever made.

The breadth and scope of this map is amazing. This map not only depicts the Garden State in great detail but it also includes the adjacent areas of Delaware Bay, parts of New York, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. The map contains many inset maps and vignettes of the following cities and towns: Paterson, Belvidere, Rahway, Morristown, Jersey City and Hoboken, Orange, Elizabeth, New Brunswick, Camden, Bordentown, Trenton, Newark, Salem, Burlington, Beverly, Newton, and Mount Holly, New Brunswick, Newark, the Delaware Water Gap, Paterson, Trenton, and Camden. Also depicted is a meteorological map of the state and a "Time Dial" where one could immediately calculate the time in any part of the state.

Only a few known examples of this map can be found in the collections of Chester Public Library, Princeton University, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, New York State Library, and the Fairleigh Dickinson University Library. Overall, a landmark in the mapping of the State of New Jersey. $6,000



A. J. Johnson. "Johnson's New Jersey." New York: Johnson & Browning, 1861. 15 1/4 x 12 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A detailed map of the state of New Jersey as it appeared at the beginning 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. This finely-detailed map, struck from a lithographic stone, includes the counties which 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. $150



Anderson 1870 NJ wall map
J.A. Anderson. "Map of the Rail Roads of New Jersey, and parts of Adjoining States. 1870." Copyrighted in New Jersey in 1869 [1870] by J.A. Anderson. Printed by "Jas. McGuigan, Lith. Philada." 21 1/2 x 16 (full sheet). Original light varnish rubbed. Backed on original linen. A few short tears. Tacked to the original antique top moulding and bottom spindle. Full margins. A lovely small wall map in its original format. Ref.: Phillips, MAPS, p. 491.

This fascinating, separately issued map focuses almost exclusively on the railroads of New Jersey by naming and drawing the lines with the names of stations with distances between these stations expressed in "miles and tenths." No wagon roads are designated and only major waterways are drawn. All of New Jersey is shown with large areas of northern Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and New York along the Hudson River.

At the bottom margin and to the left of the title area is a small merchant's label reading "Sheble, Smith & Co. / Successors to R. L. Barnes, / Map Publishers, 27 S. 6th. Sth., [sic.] Phila." Measuring a petite 1" x 1 1/2". A charming wall map. $850



Maps from Atlas of Hunterdon County, New Jersey: from recent and actual surveys and records under the superintendence of F. W. Beers. New York: Beers, Comstock & Cline, 1873. Lithographs. Original hand color. Very good condition.



G.W. & C.B. Colton. "New Jersey." New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton, 1868. 23 3/8 x 16 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A large late nineteenth century map of New Jersey by the Colton firm. From the mid-nineteenth century on, the lead in American map publishing swung from Philadelphia to New York, and the firm of Joseph Hutchins Colton played a large role in this shift. This map exhibits the typical care with which the Colton firm produced their maps. Each county is presented clearly, with its major towns indicated; neighboring provinces are marked by contrasting colors. A very good example of nineteenth century American cartography. $185



"Map of the State of New Jersey Prepared especially for Evert's Illustrated Historical Atlas." New York: H.H. Lloyd & Co., 1875. 22 1/4 x 13 1/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

An unusual map of the entire state showing approximately ten miles into each neighboring state. Active and proposed railroads are shown as the major transportation source with supplemental information on shipping points. $185



Northeastern Highlands from Geographical Survey of New Jersey, Atlas of New Jersey. New York: Julius Bien & Co., 1888. Approx. 34 1/2 x 24 3/4. Litho-tints. Backed on linen as issued. Ex-Libris of the Franklin Institute. Ink stamp of the institution in margin of image. Otherwise, very good condition. $110



Arbuckle New Jersey
"New Jersey." 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



"New Jersey." New York: Hunt & Eaton, 1890. 11 3/8 x 8. Wax engraving by Fisk & Company. Printed color. Very good condition.

A map of New Jersey by the New York firm of Hunt & Eaton. Transportation lines are clearly delineated and the whole appearance is clean and concise. $65



"Map of New Jersey." Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co.(?), ca. 1898. Wax engraving. Printed color. 19 1/2 x 12 3/4. Very good condition.

A late nineteenth century map from the early days of the Rand, McNally & Co. firm out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. Typical of the work from the firm, this map has good detail precisely and neatly exhibited. Two inserts are included, one of the vicinity of Paterson and one of the vicinity of Jersey City, including New York City. Aesthetically and cartographically the quality of this map is a foreshadow of the maps of the twentieth century. $125




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