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Lucas Indiana
Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Indiana." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1827. 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 (map); 16 1/2 x 20 3/4 (full sheet). Engraving by J.H. Young. Full, original hand coloring. Very good condition.

In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. This volume was based on Emmanuel Las Cases' Atlas Historique of 1803, with updated maps and text modified by Carey, a political economist. He considered himself an American foil to John Stuart Mill and the London economists who were proclaimers of "the gloomy science" influenced by Ricardo and Malthus. Instead of preaching overpopulation and degeneration of the human species, Carey illustrated the nations of the western hemisphere through maps that showed an expanding region with ample promise of developing into lands of great new opportunity and growth.

The sheets from this atlas, which cover North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies, are comprised of an engraved map surrounded by text documenting the history, climate, population and so forth of the area depicted. The atlas is particularly known for its excellent early maps of the states and territories of the United States. This map of Indiana is particularly interesting in showing the development of the state at this early stage in its history, for Indiana was made a state a decade earlier in April 1816. The earliest settlement in Indiana came from the south, along the Ohio River, so this area is broken into counties and shows towns and roads. By the late 1820s, this development extended to just north of Indianapolis, with the rest of the state shown as Indian territory except for Allen County with the settlement around Fort Wayne. The list of governors includes three, the latest being James B. Ray, elected in 1825. A terrific visual and textural picture of Indiana. $650



Hinton Indiana Ohio
"Map of the States of Indiana and Ohio with parts of Michigan Territory." With inset "Plan of Cincinnati." From John H. Hinton's The History and Topography of the United States of America. London: I.T. Hinton & Simpkin & Marshall, [1830]-1832. 9 3/4 x 15 5/8. Steel engraving by Fenner Sears & Co. Scattered light spots. Else, very good 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. $250



Bradford Indiana Ohio
Thomas G. Bradford. "Indiana & Ohio." From Atlas Designed to Illustrate The Abridgement of Universal Geography. Philadelphia: Desilver, Thomas & Co., 1835. Quarto. 7 7/8 x 10. Engraving by G.W. Boynton & Co. Original hand color. A few spots, else, 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. Of note is the indication of Indian tribes and of railroads and canals in both states. This is a good representation of American cartography in the fourth decade of the nineteenth century and an interesting document of regional history. $125



Mitchell Sr: Ohio, Indiana & Illinois
S.A. Mitchell. "Map of the States of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois with the settled parts of Michigan." Includes southern part of Wisconsin plus four added insets. Philadelphia, 1836. Copyright 1834. Engraving by J. H. Young (hand colored). Full decorated margins. 17 1/2 x 22 (sheet). Folding map on bank note paper. One expertly repaired hole at the intersection of two folds, near Peoria, IL.

A dramatic map illustrating the growth of the American Midwest as development was burgeoning. Detailed insets include vicinities of Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville ["Falls of Ohio"], and "Lead Region East of the Mississippi River." The map accounts for roads, railroads and steamboat routes. Here is a product of the best mapmakers of their times in America. A very beautiful and important cartographic achievement as the United States developed in the 1830s at an astonishing rate. $850



Tanner Indiana
H.S. Tanner. "A New Map of Indiana with its Roads & Distances." From Tanner's Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, 1841. 13 5/8 x 11 1/8. Engraving. Full original hand color. A few smudges in map, otherwise very good condition.

A detailed map of Indiana 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. This map of Indiana is a good example of this work. Each county is indicated with a contrasting pastel shade, and the state is cris-crossed with roads, railroads and canals. A profile of the Wabash and Erie Canal is shown at the right and on the left is a table of steam boat routes. This is a very fine example of early American cartography at its best. $225



Bradford Indiana
Thomas G. Bradford. "Indiana." From Samuel G. Goodrich's A General Atlas of the World. Boston: C.D. Strong, 1841. 14 1/4 x 11 3/8. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Some minor spots in margins. Very good condition.

An attractive and early map of Indiana 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 was issued at a period of rapid growth in the state through the immigration of settlers from further east. This was spurred by the opening of the interior of Indiana through the building of canals and railroads, which allowed the farm produce grown there to reach the hungry markets of the East Coast. This map nicely depicts the early network of railroads and canals that were so crucial in the history of the state. Counties are named and indicated in contrasting shades, and rivers, lakes, and towns are precisely depicted. A nice picture of Indiana near the middle of the nineteenth century. $325



Tanner Indiana
H.S. Tanner "A New Map of Indiana with its Roads & Distances." Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1844. 12 7/8 x 10 3/4. Engraving. Full original hand color. Full margins. Excellent condition.

A detailed map of Indiana 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.

This map of Indiana is a good example of this work. Each county is indicated with a contrasting pastel shade, and the state is cris-crossed with roads, railroads and canals. A profile of the Wabash and Erie Canal is shown at the right and on the left is a table of steam boat routes. This is a very fine example of early American cartography at its best. $275



Tanner Indiana
Henry S. Tanner. "A New Map of Indiana with its Roads & Distances." From Tanner's Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: [S. A. Mitchell], 1846. 13 5/8 x 11 1/8. Engraving. Full original hand coloring. A few smudges in map. Otherwise, very good condition.

A detailed map of Indiana 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. In 1844 Carey & Hart issued an updated edition of the Tanner atlas. The maps were later purchased by S. Augustus Mitchell, and then Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.

This map of Indiana is a good example of this work. Each county is indicated with a contrasting pastel shade, and the state is criss-crossed with roads, railroads and canals. A profile of the Wabash and Erie Canal is shown at the right and on the left is a table of steam boat routes. This is a very fine example of early American cartography at its best. $225



S. Augustus Mitchell. "A New Map of Indiana with its Roads & Distances." From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1848. 14 x 11 1/2. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Very good condition.

An fine map of Indiana by S. Augustus Mitchell Sr. 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 Indiana is a good example of this work and was one of the best maps of the state issued to that time. Of particular note on this map is the indication of the transportation network–roads, canals and railroads–throughout the state. Included at the right side is a profile of the Wabash and Erie Canal and on the left is a list of the stops and distances on the steam board routes in the state. A superior map of the state just prior to mid-century. $275



"A New Map of Indiana with its Roads & Distances." From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. 14 x 11 1/2. Lithgraphic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition.

An fine map of Indiana by S. Augustus Mitchell, Sr. 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 Indiana is a good example of this work and was one of the best maps of the state issued to that time. Of particular note on this map is the indication of the transportation network-roads, canals and railroads-throughout the state. Included at the right side is a profile of the Wabash and Erie Canal and on the left is a list of the stops and distances on the steam board routes in the state. A superior map of the state just prior to mid-century. $275



"A New Map of Indiana with its Roads & Distances." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1850. 11 1/2 x 13 3/4. Engraving. Full original hand color. Full margins. Excellent condition.

A strong and beautifully crafted map of Indiana 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 Indiana as a well developed state at mid-century. It is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, marshes, towns, and county borders. This firm's 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 mid-west. This information is clearly depicted, including railroads, canals and roads. At the top left is a table showing distances along steamboat routes from Louisville to Pittsburgh and Louisville to New Orleans. To the right is a profile of the Wabash and Erie Canal. The map has a rather striking appearance, with warm hand coloring, that well compliments the clear presentation. For its fascinating detail and decorative appeal, this is an excellent Indiana document. $225



Two maps of Indiana by J.H. Colton & Co. from New York. 14 x 11 1/4. Lithographs with full original hand-coloring. Very good condition.

Two colorful, detailed maps of the state of Indiana from the middle nineteenth century. In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. These maps of Indiana, with such fine detail, are strong examples of their successful work. The maps present counties in contrasting pastel shades, and include depictions of towns, roads, railroads, rivers, and some topography. Each feature is labeled neatly, and the information given extends beyond the borders of the state. Each is an attractive map as well as an interesting historical document. The earlier map has a decorative border as shown.



J.C. Smith Midwest
J. Calvin Smith. "Guide Through Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, & Iowa." New York: J. H. Colton & Co., 1856. 21 x 25. Lithograph by S. Stiles, Sherman & Smith. Full original hand-color. Printed on banknote paper with folds as issued. Some minor breaks at folds. Overall, very good condition.

A striking, separately issued map of the midwest by John Calvin Smith, a New York surveyor and publisher who specialized in the area. This folding maps was intended for use especially by the myriad new emigrants to the nation's center who were arriving in large numbers in the middle nineteenth century. The map presents a highly detailed and accurate view of the region on the eve of the Civil War, an important time for the midwest. The states and territories of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa are shown with varying amounts of information, reflecting their different stages of development, from almost fully settled Ohio to the relative undeveloped Iowa and Minnesota. Information depicted includes towns, postal stations, rivers, lakes, roads, canals, railroads and townships; also indicated is the survey grid-work for the U. S. Survey underway at the time. In an insert in the top right corner contains census data from the 1850 national census. $750



J. Calvin Smith. "Guide Through Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, & Iowa." New York: J. H. Colton & Co., 1856. 21 x 25. Lithograph by S. Stiles, Sherman & Smith. Full original hand-color. Issued in and accompanied here by Colton's Traveler and Tourist's Guide-Book. Printed on bank note paper with folds as issued. Some discoloration and staining, and tiny holes at folds. Overall, very good condition.

Another example of the map above, in not quite as good condition, but with the guide book in which it was issued. $675



Johnson Indiana
"Johnson's Indiana." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1864. 23 1/8 x 17 1/8. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. Very good condition.

An attractive map of Indiana from A. J. 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, geographies and so on. This finely detailed map is a good example of Johnson's, and thus early American, cartography. Townships, towns, roads, rail lines, rivers and lakes are shown throughout. The clear presentation of cartographic information and the warm hand coloring make this an attractive as well as interesting historical document. $165



Three maps of Ohio and Indiana by S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. of Philadelphia. Lithographs with full original hand-coloring.

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 bold hand-coloring, decorative borders, and interesting information from this interesting period of American history, these are fine examples of the Mitchell firm's output.



Colton Indiana
"Colton's New Map of Indiana." New York: G. W. and C. B. Colton & Co., 1866. 15 3/4 x 12 3/4. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Very good condition. $140



Gray Indiana
Frank A. Gray. "Indiana." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray & Son, ca. 1876. 25 1/8 x 16 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

An attractive, detailed and large map of Indiana. This map demonstrates the railroad's dominance on the terrain and local economy as many railroad lines criss cross the state, converging at industrial centers like Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. Published by the Philadelphia firm of O.W. Gray which began its publishing around mid-century and published regional and U.S. atlases up to the 1880s, first as O.W. Gray and then O.W. Gray & Son. This map is typical of their work, presenting the latest information available with clear and precise detail. $125



Bradley Indiana
"Indiana." Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley & Bro., 1887. 14 1/4 x 11 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A neatly detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bros. While Philadelphia was no longer the main center of cartographic publishing in North America by the late nineteenth century, many fine maps were still produced there, as is evidenced by this map. Topography, political information, towns, and physical features are all presented precisely and clearly. The transportation network is particularly well delineated. $50



Arbuckle Indiana
"Indiana." 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



"Indiana." Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley & Bro., 1889. 22 1/4 x 16 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Narrow left margin. Else, very good condition.

A neatly detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bros. While Philadelphia was no longer the main center of cartographic publishing in North America by the late nineteenth century, many fine maps were still produced there, as is evidenced by this map. Topography, political information, towns, and physical features are all presented precisely and clearly. The transportation network is particularly well delineated. $125



George F. Cram. "Indiana." Chicago: G.F. Cram & Co., 1890s. 22 1/2 x 16. Cerograph. Full margins. Excellent condition.

A detailed map of the state of Indiana from the latter part of the nineteenth century. The George Cram Company was an engraving and publishing firm from Chicago. In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of cartographic publishing was Philadelphia and New York City, but in the 1880's this began to shift towards Chicago with the advent of the Rand, McNally and Cram firms. These firms were noted for their efficient output of precise maps filled with useful and up-to-date political and cultural information, and details on roads, towns, and railroads. The firm specialized in railroad maps during this period, and this one was included in one of Cram's railroad atlases of the period. $95



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