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Hinton Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas Terr
"Map of the States of Mississippi, Louisiana and the Arkansas Territory." From John H. Hinton's The History and Topography of the United States of America. London: I.T. Hinton & Simpkin & Marshall, [1830]-1832. 16 1/8 x 10 1/2. Steel engraving by Fenner Sears & Co. A few separations along old folds, archivally repaired. Else, fine condition.

A lovely example of a steel engraving from one of the more popular nineteenth century view and map books, Hinton's History and Topography. This work contained text and numerous illustrations documenting the history and topography of the United States. Hinton used many different artists, all the engravings being made from drawings made on the spot. For their wide coverage, accurate detail, and pleasing appearance, these are amongst the finest small images of early nineteenth century America to be found anywhere. The London edition was the only one with maps of the regions throughout the United States. $195

Thomas G. Bradford Louisiana Arkansas
Thomas G. Bradford. "Louisiana and part of Arkansas." From A Comprehensive Atlas. Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston: Wm. B. Ticknor, [1835-]1842 10 1/4 x 7 5/8. Engraving. Original outline color. Some light spotting. Otherwise, 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 map is interesting as it shows the states at an early stage in their development. This is a good representation of American cartography in the fourth decade of the nineteenth century and an interesting document of regional history. $85

Bradford: Arkansas 1841
Thomas G. Bradford. "Arkansas." From Samuel G. Goodrich's A General Atlas of the World. Boston: C.D. Strong, 1841. 11 1/2 x 14 1/4. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Repaired break in blank area at right. Otherwise, very good condition.

An attractive and early map of Arkansas by Thomas Bradford. 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 Arkansas just five years after statehood, and it demonstrates the social and political situation at the time. Counties are named and indicated in contrasting shades, and rivers, lakes, and towns are precisely depicted. Overall, this is a nice picture of Arkansas near the middle of the nineteenth century. $350

Thomas G. Bradford Arkansas
Thomas G. Bradford. "Arkansas." From A Universal Illustrated Atlas. Boston: Charles D. Strong, [1838]-1842. 11 1/2 x 14 1/4. Engraving by G. W. Boynton. Original hand color. Some short repaired cracks. Otherwise, very good condition.

Another attractive and early map of Arkansas by Thomas Bradford. This map was first issued in the 1838 edition of Bradford's atlas, and this example was published four years later. The map shows Arkansas just five years after statehood, and it demonstrates the social and political situation at the time. Counties are named and indicated in contrasting shades, and rivers, lakes, and towns are precisely depicted. Overall, this is a nice picture of Arkansas near the middle of the nineteenth century. $350

Henry S. Tanner Arkansas
Henry S. Tanner. "A New Map of Arkansas with its Roads & Distances from place to place along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes." From Tanner's Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, [1841] - 1843. 13 3/8 x 11. Engraving. Full original hand coloring. Very good condition.

A superior, detailed map of Arkansas 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, fascicles for which began to be published in 1833, 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. This map of Arkansas is typical of the maps, and it shows the state at an interesting stage of its history. Included are tables of distances of Steam Boats routes in the state, shown at top. $300

Augustus Mitchell Arkansas
S. Augustus Mitchell. "A New Map of Arkansas with its Canals Roads & Distances." From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. 14 3/8 x 11 5/8. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Full margins. A small rubbed spot in bottom right corner of border. Otherwise, very good condition.

A fine Arkansas map by S. Augustus Mitchell, issued a decade after statehood. For much of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the Mitchell firm dominated American cartography in output and influence. S. Augustus Mitchell Jr.'s maps of the 1860s are probably the best known issues of this firm, but his father's earlier efforts are excellent maps derived from H.S. Tanner's atlas of the 1830s. This early map of Arkansas is a good example of this work. Topographical information, including towns, rivers, roads, etc. is clearly shown, and the counties are shaded with contrasting pastel shades. At the top of the map are charts listing the steamboat routes between Little Rock and New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Fort Gibson. It is obvious from the quality and attractive appearance of this map why Mitchell's firm became so important. A fine early American cartographic document of the state. $250

"A New Map of Arkansas with its Canals, Roads & Distances." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1853. 14 1/2 x 11 7/8. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition.

A strong, beautifully crafted map of Arkansas 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 shows Arkansas at an interesting period in its history. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, 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 in the American south, and the roads and canals of the state are clearly depicted. Three tables at the top list the steamboat routes from Little Rock to New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Fort Gibson. $225

Colton: 1856 Arkansas
"Arkansas." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1856. 11 7/8 x 14 1/2. Lithograph. Hand color. Light spots in margins, else 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 Arkansas, 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 some topography. Of particular interest are the indications of the burgeoning transportation network in the state, with roads and railroads clearly shown, especially between Little Rock and Memphis on the border of its neighbor Tennessee. Much of the state was still unsettled at this time, particularly in the west towards the Indian Territories in Oklahoma. $150

Augustus Mitchell Arkansas
S. Augustus Mitchell. "Map of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1860. 13 1/4 x 10 5/8. Lithograph. Full original hand color. Slight discoloration in margins.

An interesting multi-state map by S. Augustus Mitchell showing Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Most interesting in this depiction of the southern states along the flow of the Mississippi River is the beginning foundation for railroads crisscrossing the land and making important stops in cities along the river such as Memphis, Helena, and Vicksburg, all the way down to the port city of New Orleans. Beautiful hand coloration in this map, with counties depicted in contrasting pastel shades, and a nice decorative border. $70

Johnson Ward Arkansas Mississippi Louisiana
Johnson and Ward. "Johnson's Arkansas Mississippi and Louisiana." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862. 24 x 17. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

An attractive and large map of these southern states from A. J. Johnson's atlas issued one year following the start of the Civil War. 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, geographies and so on. This finely detailed map is an good example of Johnson's work. Townships, towns, roads, rail lines, rivers and lakes are shown throughout. Of particular note is the extensive road and rail network connecting these states to ports along the Mississippi. The clear presentation of cartographic information and the warm hand coloring make this an attractive as well as interesting historical document. $75

"Map of Arkansas." Washington: General Land Office, 1866. 16 x 20 1/4. Lithograph. Original outline color. Very good condition.

The U.S. General Land Office (GLO) was established in 1812 with responsibility to survey and control the dispersal of public lands. All public land was required to be surveyed prior to settlement, and the first director of the GLO, Thomas Hutchins, set up a systematic process of rectangular survey for the public lands and launched the great national project to survey and map the public domain in the entire country, a procedure which got under way in the famous "seven ranges" of southeast Ohio. Each surveyor was to record not only geography, but also features of the landscape with economic import, such as roads, Indian trails, existing settlements, Indian lands, mineral deposits, and of particular interest, railroads and their rights of way. Of note is that unlike most surveys of the time, the surveyors were instructed not to apply new names to the landscape, but to use "the received names of all rivers, creeks, lakes, swamps, prairies, hills, mountains and other natural objects." Periodically the GLO would issue maps showing the progress of their surveys, and this map shows how Arkansas was well covered by 1866. Interesting features are the railroads in the state. $250

S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. Arkansas Mississippi Louisiana
S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. "County Map of the States of Arkansas Mississippi and Louisiana." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1867. 20 7/8 x 13 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Slight discoloration in left and right margins.

A new multi-state atlas map of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana from the Mitchell publishing company in Philadelphia. For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell, Sr. dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases shortly after the Civil War. Towns, rivers, roads and other topographical information are clearly shown, and the counties are shaded with contrasting pastel colors. A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive and historically interesting mid-nineteenth century map. $75

"Arkansas." Ca. 1880. 9 1/4 x 12 1/2. Chromolithograph. Very good condition.

An attractive late nineteenth century lithograph from an atlas by an unknown publisher. $30

Arbuckle Arkansas
"Arkansas." 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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