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Reid Vermont
John Reid after Amos Doolittle. "Vermont from the latest Authorities." From J. Reid's, American Atlas. New York: J. Reid, 1796. First state. Engraving by James Roberts. 16 5/8 x 13 1/4. Light stains in right corners. Otherwise, excellent condition. Wheat & Brun, 198.

A map of Vermont from the second atlas published in the United States. This atlas, the American Atlas, was published by John Reid in 1796, and it was to accompany Winterbotham's Views of the United States. This map shows the state of Vermont divided into seven counties and then into townships. The range of the Green Mountains is shown running down the state. Rivers and the nascent road system is also well illustrated. Interestingly, the Ottaquechee River is shown as the Waterguechec River and Dartmouth College is shown. $1,150

Samuel Williams. The Natural and Civil History of Vermont. Burlington, Vt.: S. Mills et al., 1809. 2 vols. Octavo. Folding map, [1]-514 pp., 1l (errata); [1]-[488]. Complete in original full leather. Withdrawn from institutional library whose label is inside front cover of each volume. Happily no other ex-libris markings on a lovely set. Collates complete with Sabin, 104350 and Howes, 478. Very good condition.

The first edition of this book, published in Walpole, New Hampshire, was much smaller and did not include the many documents reprinted in the appendix. The map after the official map by James Whitelaw is a new engraving for this printing. While William Blodgett created the first accurate map of Vermont, Whitelaw has prominence as the second and best Surveyor General of the state serving from 1787 to 1804 and having a variety of maps published from his first hand surveys. This "A Map of the State of Vermont . . . 1809" is in excellent condition. See: David A. Cobb's "Vermont Maps Prior to 1900 an Annotated Cartobibliography" in Vermont History (XXXIX, 3&4): item 166. Illustrated in J. Kevin Graffagnino's The Shaping of Vermont (p. 80) with the map from the earlier edition on p. 64. $600

Carey Vermont
Amos Doolittle. "Vermont From actual Survey." Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1814. 14 1/2 x 12. Engraving by A. Doolittle. Some printers wrinkles. Very good condition.

Two of the most important figures in early American cartography are represented in this lovely map of Vermont: Amos Doolittle and Mathew Carey. Published just after the War of 1812, this map is from Carey's Atlas which represented the best American cartographic work of the period. Carey, an Irish immigrant, established the first specialized cartographic publishing firm. He set up an elaborate system of craftsmen for engraving, printing, coloring and distributing his maps, and so was important not only for the excellent maps he produced, but also for his setting the pattern for early American map publishing. Amos Doolittle was a New Hampshire cartographer and engraver, who produced many of the best early maps of New England. This map of Vermont is a fine example of his work. The map shows the development of the state at the time, broken into counties and townships. The major towns, Dartmouth College, the Green Mountains and the fairly extensive road system are all indicated. The decorative appeal of the map is enhanced by the title cartouche, which includes pine trees and rush water. This is an excellent item of Vermont interest. $800

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

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. $225

Thomas G. Bradford. "Vermont." 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.

A precisely engraved map by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher. This map was first issued in the 1838 edition of Bradford's atlas, but this example appeared in Samuel Goodrich's atlas from 1841. The map shows Vermont, depicting the terrain of the state with considerable detail, including rivers, towns, counties, and some sense of the Green Mountains. The maps by Bradford are fine examples of the developing American cartographic industry and they are among the scarcest of state maps. $275

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

A slightly later version of Bradford's excellent map of Vermont. $275

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. $145

"Map of New Hampshire & Vermont." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1857. 15 x 12 1/4. Lithograph. Full, original hand color. Very good condition.

A detailed map of these two New England states. 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 for transportation during the middle part of the century. An attractive and fascinating document from just before the Civil War. $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

"New Hampshire and Vermont." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1872. 13 3/4 x 11 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Very good condition.

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. With its bold hand-color, decorative borders, and interesting information, this is a fine example of the Mitchell firm's output $80

"Map of Vermont and New Hampshire." From Historical Hand-Atlas. Chicago & Toledo: H.H. Hardesty & Co., 1882. 12 1/2 x 9 1/2. Lithographic transfer from copper plate. Original hand color. Very good condition.

This map is from an unusual series of maps issued in Chicago and Toledo towards the end of the nineteenth century. During this period there was a growing interest in travel and business throughout North America, and publishers saw this as an opportunity for issued detailed and accurate maps of the states and provinces. The maps from this series, issued by Hiram H. Hardesty & Co., are typical of period, with detail including roads and railroads, small towns and large cities, rivers and lakes and other topographical information. $35

Arbuckle Vermont
"Vermont." 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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