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US Canals and Railroads
Thomas G. Bradford. "United States Exhibiting The Railroads & Canals." From A Comprehensive Atlas. Boston: Wm. B. Ticknor, 1835. 7 3/8 x 9 5/8. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.

An interesting map of the United States featuring the early development of the canal and rail system. The map extends from the southern half of New Hampshire to the mouth of the Mississippi River, with information on the states, territories, rivers and major towns there within. On the map Bradford has indicated canals and railroads "Chartered," "Making" and "Finished," though he notes that the railroad from Plattsburg to Ogdensburg is omitted. Thus this map provides a snapshot of these two important modes of transportation at a very early state in the development of the national network. $150

Lothian US
John Lothian. "United States." From New Edinburgh General Atlas. Edinburgh: J. Gellatly & London: Henry Washbourne, ca. 1840. 10 1/2 x 13 1/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Paper somewhat toned. Very good condition.

An interesting map of the United States issued sometime around 1840. Gellatly and Washbourne jointly published the New Edinburgh General Atlas, with the 1843 and '46 editions containing a modified map of the United States. In this map, Michigan Territory is shown before statehood and before the acquisition of the upper peninsula, which happened in 1836, though it is unlikely this map is so early. The corner of Texas is here shown still as "Mexico," and in northern Maine is text indicating "Disputed Territory." Detail is impressive, with rivers and settlements shown throughout, and Indian tribes noted throughout the mid-west and south. A rare and attractive picture of the country prior to mid-century. $475

Tanner United States
Henry S. Tanner. "United States." From New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1842/43. 14 7/8 x 11 7/8. Engraving. Full original hand coloring. A few small spots. Very good condition.

An excellent map of the United States 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 all parts of the world. All details are clearly presented, and these include towns, rivers, mountains, and political boundaries. In this map, Tanner shows the United States as it appeared just before the middle of the nineteenth century. This was a period of great development and change and Tanner's map illustrates this nicely. In 1842/43, Carey & Hart came out with an updated issue of the Tanner atlas which contained this fine map showing the political information of the newly formed states and territories to the east and just across the Mississippi, including an interesting depiction of the Wisconsin Territory (1836-48) and the eastern part of the Iowa Territory. Tanner also provides fascinating details of the transportation networks, with indicates of roads, railroads and canals. One of the best maps of the United States from the period. $350

United States
Henry S. Tanner. "United States." From New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1844. 14 7/8 x 11 7/8. Engraving. Full original hand coloring. Very good condition.

In 1844 Carey & Hart reissued the Tanner Universal Atlas with maps somewhat updated. In the map of the United States, the publishers emphasized the canals and railroads, highlighting them with hand color. $375

Mitchell 1849
After H.S. Tanner. "United States." From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. 15 7/8 x 12 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. Time toned. Very good condition.

A fine map of United States from the mid-nineteenth century, showing the country at an interesting period in its history. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, lakes, and mountains. Also shown with considerable detail are the political divisions of the states and territories, each colored with a contrasting shade. Of particular note is the depiction of the transportation nexus in the country, including roads, railroads and canals. This was a time of great expansion in the U.S. and this development was very dependent on this nascent infrastructure. This map is a updated version by S. Augustus Mitchell of an earlier map by H.S. Tanner. It is a fine example of American cartography near mid-century and a fascinating and decorative historical artifact. $275

Bibl. Instituts in Hildbghs.
"Verein-Staaten von Nord-America." Hildburghausen, Germany: Bibliograph Institus in Hildburghausen, ca. 1850. 3 1/2 x 5 5/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A detailed small engraving showing the United States about 1850, issued by the 'Bibliographic Institution of Hildburghausen.' This firm issued many steel engraved views of all parts of the world and also, around the middle of the nineteenth century, an atlas with detailed and up-to-date maps. Each state and territory is indicated, with a very interesting depiction for the trans-Mississippi region. The states, 33 of them, are listed at right. $125

Colton: 1855 U.S.
"The United States of America." New York: J.H. Colton, 1855. 15 1/2 x 26. Lithograph. Original hand color. Full margins. Spot below title. Old creases. Otherwise, very good condition.

An excellent, detailed map of the United States showing the nation's political configuration just after the Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska act of 1854. The former act established California as a state and set up the Utah and New Mexico territories between the new state and the Rocky mountains. The latter act broke up the old Missouri Territory and Indian Territories to create the Kansas Territory, running from Missouri to the Utah Territory, and the Nebraska Territory from Kansas to the Canadian border. The Colton firm kept their maps very up-to-date, so this map shows this situation clearly and with good detail. Besides the usual rivers, settlements, forts and such, this map also shows both the "Oregon Route" and the "Santa Fe Route," as well as the proposed routes for the planned trans-continental railroad. A fine map from one of the top American map publishing firms of the mid-nineteenth century. $350

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