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Emanuel Bowen was a map engraver, printer and publisher in London in the mid-eighteenth century. He achieved considerable success in this field, being appointed as engraver to both Louis XV of France and George II of Britain, and later as Geographer to the latter. He produced some of the most interesting maps of his time. Despite his royal appointments and apparent success, Bowen died in poverty in 1767. Through all the vicissitudes of his life, however, Emanuel Bowen's maps continued at a very high level of quality, as exemplified by this nicely detailed map of "Georgia."
This map is the first map to focus just on the colony of Georgia, extending from the Atlantic seaboard to the Mississippi River (actually Bowen has the "G" of "Georgia" on the west side of the Mississippi, implying that the colony extended even further). This map was included in John Harris' Voyages which was first issued in 1705. In the 1744-48 edition of this multi-volume work, Harris added a chapter on the history of Georgia and this map was included as part of that chapter. The map is wonderfully work, with copious accurate information. Towns and forts along the Carolina, Georgia, and Florida Atlantic coasts are shown, as are the few settlements in Mobile Bay and along the Mississippi River. The interior of the colony is mostly taken up with Indian tribes and towns, and the very early trading routes are indicated. This is a seminal map of the American southeast, both attractive and fascinating. $5,250
Mathew Carey. "Georgia from the latest Authorities." Issued in Carey's American Edition of Guthrie's Geography Improved. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1795. 9 x 15 3/4. Engraving by W. Barker. Wheat & Brun: 611, first state. Full margins. Very good condition.
An excellent map of Georgia from the American edition of Guthrie's Geography Improved. This was issued in 1795 by Mathew Carey, a seminal figure in American cartographic publishing. Carey, an Irish immigrant, established the first American specialized cartographic publishing firm. He set up an elaborate cottage system of craftsmen for engraving, printing, and coloring his maps utilizing the best independent artists directed to a common end. Carey is important, then, not only for the excellent maps he produced, but for his setting the pattern for American map publishing, to be followed by the likes of John Melish and Henry S. Tanner. This is the earliest American issued map of Georgia as a complete entity and only the third American made map of any part of the state. The area surveyed shows from the eastern seaboard to the Mississippi River and shows topographical information for the eastern half only. Roads, counties and towns are the chief features on the map with almost no information on the western parts which would later become Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. A number of the Creek and Cherokee towns are noted. According to Wheat and Brun, Mathew Carey had advertised a separately issued map of Georgia in the Gazette of the United States for 8 May 1794, and this map is probably from that plate. This is a very early map showing the American frontier in the present-day southeastern United States. Overall, an excellent map. $1,650
John Reid. "Georgia from the latest Authorities." From The American Atlas. First state. New York: John Reid, L. Wayland & C. Smith, 1796. 8 5/8 x 15 1/8. Engraving by Benjamin Tanner. Very good condition. Wheat & Brun: 615.
An important eighteenth-century, American made map of Georgia. This map was issued in Reidís landmark American Atlas in 1796, which was published to accompany William Winterbothamís An historical, geographical, commercial, and philosophical view of the United States of America. The map, engraved by Benjamin Tanner, is closely copied from Mathew Careyís map of 1794-5, which was the first American published map of the state. As situated at the time, Georgia stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, as shown in this map. The settled part of the state, however, was limited to the eastern regions, with fifteen counties, most of which were located along the coast and the Savannah River, but with one "western" county, Tallassee, "As claimed by the State of Georgia previous to the Treaty of New York." The rest of the state, taking up over half of present-day Georgia and most of Alabama and Mississippi, is divided into the territories of the Cherokees, Creeks, Chactaws, and other Indian tribes. The information depicted in the map is excellent, including rivers, white and Indian settlements, and trails crossing the wilderness of the Indian territories. A rare and fascinating picture of Georgia at the end of the eighteenth century. $1,850
SDUK. "North America/ Sheet XII, Georgia with parts of North & South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama & Florida." London: SDUK. Baldwin & Cradock, 1834. 15 3/4 x 12. Engraving. Original outline hand-coloring. Very good condition.
A detailed and cleanly drawn map of Georgia and surrounding region, issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. This map of the American southeast shows the extent of settlement in the area, especially in the east. Excellent detail is given of the roads, towns, townships, and topographical information. An excellent example of the work of the SDUK. $275
Thomas G. Bradford. "North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia." From A Comprehensive Atlas. Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston: Wm. B. Ticknor, 1835. 7 5/8 x 10. Engraving. Original outline color. Some light spotting. Otherwise, very good condition.
A nice map of the American southeast from Boston publisher and cartographer, Thomas G. Bradford (1802-1887). 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. $135
S. Augustus Mitchell. "The Tourist's Pocket Map of The State of Georgia Exhibiting Its Internal Improvements Roads Distances &c." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1836. Copyright 1834. 15 1/4 x 12 3/4. Engraving. With inset of Steam Boat Routes. Excellent condition. Printed on flexible paper but never folded.
A nice example of Mitchell's rare "Tourist's Pocket Map" of Georgia, though this example does not seem to have ever been folded into a booklet. This map is highly refined and carefully detailed. Roads, transportation routes and towns are clearly indicated making it a valuable transportation guide for the early 19th-century traveler. While particular emphasis is given to canals and railroads, which played so important a part in the state's history at mid-century, roads still provided the major conveyance to travel as witnessed by the inset listing "Principal Stage Routes." $525
Thomas G. Bradford. "Georgia." From Samuel G. Goodrich's A General Atlas of the World. Boston: C.D. Strong, 1841. 14 1/8 x 11 1/4. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Very good condition.
An attractive and early map of Georgia 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 the social, political and transportation situation in the state at the time. This shows the state as Euro-Americans were moving into the western parts of Georgia, the Native Americans having been forcibly relocated to west of the Mississippi (Trail of Tears). In this period of great development in the west, transportation was crucial to the interior. This map nicely shows the early development of a railroad network, running to the northwest and southwest. Counties are named and indicated in contrasting shades, and rivers, lakes, and towns are precisely depicted. A nice picture of Georgia just before the middle of the nineteenth century. $375
Thomas G. Bradford. "Georgia." From A Universal Illustrated Atlas. Boston: Chares D. Strong., -1842. 14 1/8 x 11 1/4. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Some discoloration in margins. Otherwise, very good condition.
Another example of Bradford's excellent map of Georgia. $375
S. Augustus Mitchell. "A New Map of Georgia with its Roads & Distances." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. From A New Universal Atlas. 13 3/4 x 11 1/2. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. With a few small spots. Otherwise, very good condition.
A fine map of Georgia from the mid-nineteenth century, showing the state at an interesting period in its history. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, lakes and political borders. 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. It is obvious from the quality and attractive appearance of this map why Mitchell's firm became so important. This map is especially interesting in its depiction of the transportation network in the state, including roads and railroads. A table at the bottom lists the steamboat routes from Savannah to Augusta and from Savannah to Charleston, an important bit of information in this period of increased immigration and travel in the American south. $300
"Georgia." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1856. 15 1/2 x 12 1/2. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. 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 Georgia, 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. Of note is the relatively recently railroad town of Atlanta. An attractive map as well as a worthwhile historical document. $175
"Johnson's Georgia and Alabama." New York: Johnson & Browning, 1860. 17 x 24. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. Very good condition. With vignettes of Tuscaloosa Observatory and Rice-Mill on Savannah River.
An attractive map of Alabama and Georgia from A. J. Johnson's atlas issued just at 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 in the states that would be come so important in the forthcoming conflict. The clear presentation of cartographic information and the warm hand coloring make this an attractive as well as interesting historical document. $175
"Johnson's Georgia and Alabama." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862. 17 x 24. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. Very good condition. With vignettes of Tuscaloosa Observatory and Rice-Mill on Savannah River.
Another example of Johnson's fine map. $175
"Johnson's Georgia and Alabama." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1864. 15 1/2 x 22. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. Very good condition.
A slightly reduced map of Georgia and Alabama from the Johnson atlas of four years later. This map lacks the two vignettes of the earlier edition, but the information is just as comprehensive. $150
"County Map of Georgia, and Alabama." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1866. 10 3/4 x 13 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Decorative border. A few light spots at lower left. Else, very good condition.
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, and it shows Alabama and Georgia in the mid-1860s, 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. $145
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