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There has always been a strong demand for maps showing on-going political, social or military events, either local or from around the world. These could include a new railroad, a war or border dispute, a new international situation, a social upheaval, or any other type of event for which there would be a demand for geographic information of the locale of that event. Most atlas maps were standard references that did not reflect specific events, so these often did not provide the information sought by those interested in those events. Magazines and newspapers would include relevant maps in their reporting, but these were usually crude, hastily made maps that did not satisfy many readers. Map publishers, therefore, issued special maps that focused on the locales involved, containing as accurate, contemporary and complete information as could be desired by those following the events in question. These maps were often issued in a folding format for ease of use and carrying, and because this offered the most protection for a separately issued map.


James Wyld. "The Atlantic Steam Packet Chart shewing the Line of Communication with North America and the West Indies." London: John Wyld, 1840-46. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 21 sections and mounted on linen. 22 x 32 1/2. Lithograph. Two penciled ships' courses drawn. Some finger browning and surface smudging. A few sections slightly lifting. Overall, good condition.

An exceedingly detailed sea chart of the Atlantic Ocean showing from Labrador to French Guyana in the Americas and from England to the Bight of Benin in Africa. Hundreds of ports are designated and some of the archipelagos have population statistics attached. Comparative miles for established sea routes are given. In the United States, not only are the navigable rivers shown, but also the network of canals that link the navigable waterways. A fine picture of the Atlantic world. $175



S. Percy Smith. "Map of the North Island, New Zealand." Wellington, N.Z.: New Zealand Survey, 1892. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 16 sections and mounted on linen. 36 1/4 x 25 5/8. Wax engraving, printed in color. With manuscript line in pencil, showing course around island. Otherwise, excellent condition. Folding into original cloth cover.

A detailed and brightly colored map of the north island, New Zealand, issued by the New Zealand General Survey Office. Detail, based on the latest information, includes towns, rivers, lakes, roads, railroads (to 1887), and provincial boundaries. Very attractive as well as impressively informative. $275



"The World upon a Globular Projection and with a Gazetteer of Information." Boston, Ottawa, New York: The Home Educator Company, 1907. 32 1/2 x 38.

Large folding map, the oval map (on a scale of 655 miles per inch) printed in color and surrounded by general information especially about the United States and Canada, plus tables, etc., comparing the finances, military strength, and the like, of the largest nation states of the time. Folded into original black boards (9 x 5 1/2). $150



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More separately issued maps:
[ Saddlebag maps | Mail coach era road maps | 19th century travel maps ]
[ Wall maps | Working marine charts ]

Other map pages: [ Locations | Map themes & related | Cartographers ]


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