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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
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
"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
"Map of New Jersey." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1857. 15 x 12. 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 canals, 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 New Jersey document. $165
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
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
Maps 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. Some have either ink stamps or blind stamps of the institution in margins of image. Otherwise, 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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