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Lucas: Kentucky 1816
Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Kentucky." From A New and Elegant General Atlas Containing Maps of each of the United States. Baltimore: F. Lucas, Jr., 1816. Folio. 8 3/8 x 10 3/4. Engraving. Full original hand color. Large margins. Fine condition.

A fine map by Baltimore cartographer, Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781- 1854). Lucas appears to have become involved in the publishing and book trade while a resident of Philadelphia from 1798 to 1804, when he moved to Baltimore. In 1807 Lucas joined Conrad, Lucas & Co., and then in 1810 he set up his own business at 138 Market Street. There Lucas first got involved in cartographic publishing with his New and Elegant General Atlas of 1816. In the second decade of the nineteenth century, through his Philadelphia contacts, Lucas was one of the major contributors to Carey & Lea's atlas of 1823. Concurrently with this involvement, Lucas brought out his own General Atlas, containing 104 maps of all parts of the world. Lucas, during his 50 years of residence in Baltimore, established himself as a prominent citizen of that city, serving as President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, President of the Board of School Commissioners, and as President of the Second Branch of the City Council. But it is for his important role in early American cartography that Lucas is best remembered. $425



Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Kentucky." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1822. 11 1/4 x 18 1/2 (map); 16 1/4 x 20 3/4 (full sheet). Engraving by Young & Delleker. Full original hand color. Very good condition.

In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. Covering North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies, the atlas is particularly known for its excellent early maps of the states and territories of the United States. This map of Kentucky was drawn by Fielding Lucas, an important Baltimore cartographer. The impressively extensive road system is shown with good detail, with distances between the scattered towns indicated. The river system and mountains are well delineated, and the counties are colored with bright washes. Interestingly, Pilot Knob, a known landmark, is shown in two spots, both northeast and southwest of 'Bowlingreen.' As with most of the maps in the Carey & Lea atlas, this map includes surrounding text giving a brief description of the history and geography of the region depicted. Overall, a nice verbal and graphic picture of Kentucky. $650



Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Kentucky." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1827. 11 1/4 x 18 1/2 (map); 16 1/4 x 20 3/4 (full sheet). Engraving by Young & Delleker. Full original hand color. Very good condition.

A later edition of the Carey & Lea map, with the counties updated. $650



Lucas Kentucky
Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Kentucky." From A General Atlas. Baltimore: F. Lucas, Jr., 1823. 11 1/2 x 19. Engraving by B.T. Welch. Full original hand color. Full margins. Light offsetting and marginal spotting. Overall, very good condition.

An early map of Kentucky, by Baltimore cartographer Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781- 1854). Lucas appears to have become involved in the publishing and book trade while a resident of Philadelphia from 1798 to 1804, when he moved to Baltimore. In 1807 Lucas joined Conrad, Lucas & Co., and then in 1810 he set up his own business at 138 Market Street. There Lucas first got involved in cartographic publishing with his New and Elegant General Atlas of 1816. In the second decade of the nineteenth century, through his Philadelphia contacts, Lucas was one of the major contributors to Carey & Lea's atlas of 1823. Concurrently with this involvement, Lucas brought out his own General Atlas, containing 104 maps of all parts of the world, engraved by B.T. Welch & Co. of Baltimore and Young & Delleker of Philadelphia. Lucas, during his 50 years of residence in Baltimore, established himself as a prominent citizen of that city, serving as President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, President of the Board of School Commissioners, and as President of the Second Branch of the City Council. But it is for his important role in early American cartography that Lucas is best remembered. These maps are amongst his finest works, and they well demonstrate the quality that Lucas brought to this nascent industry.

The map of Kentucky, with its early date and interesting information, is a fine example of Lucas' work. The river systems in the state are well delineated, and the towns and road system are also shown with good detail. Interestingly, Pilot Knob, a known landmark, is shown in two spots, both northeast and southwest of 'Bowlinggreen.' Beautifully engraved and colored, this is an excellent map of the state. $450



Finley Kentucky
Anthony Finley. "Kentucky." From A New General Atlas. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1825. 8 3/4 x 11 1/4. Original hand coloring. Very good condition.

Beginning in the early 1820s, Anthony Finley produced a series of fine atlases in the then leading American cartographic center, Philadelphia. Finley's work is a good example of the quality that American publishers were beginning to obtain. Each map is elegantly presented, with crisp and clear engraving and very attractive pastel hand shading. Topographical and political information is copious, including counties, towns, rivers, roads and so on. Finley was very concerned to depict as up-to-date information as was possible, and thus his maps present an accurate picture of the world in the early decades of the nineteenth century. This is the first state of Finley's map of Kentucky, without information on the surrounding regions. $275



Jean Alexandre C. Buchon after Carey & Lea. "Kentucky." Paris: J. Carez, 1825. 11 1/8 x 18 (map); 17 7/8 x 24 1/4 (full sheet). Engraving. Full original hand color. Very good condition.

Three years after Carey & Lea issued their American Atlas, Jean Buchon issued his revised, French edition of the atlas, Atlas Geographique des deux Ameriques. Following the earlier format with maps surrounded by the text, Buchon's maps are fascinating Franco-American documents, presenting a comprehensive statement of the French understanding of what was still considered the 'New World.' The maps have excellent detail, and the text is filled with information on the climate, economy, topography, government, and so forth. This striking map of Kentucky is a good example of the quality of maps in this atlas. $275



Hinton: Kentucky & Tennessee
"Map of the States of Kentucky and Tennessee." From John H. Hinton's The History and Topography of the United States of America. London: I.T. Hinton & Simpkin & Marshall, [1830]-1832. 9 1/2 x 15 1/2 (neatlines) plus complete margins. Steel engraving by Fenner Sears & Co. Fine condition.

A lovely example of a steel engraved map 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. Elevation is shown using cross-hatching. $425



Bradford: Kentucky 1838
Thomas G. Bradford. "Kentucky." Boston: Weeks, Jordan & Co., 1838. 11 3/8 x 14 1/4. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A finely engraved map by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher, showing Kentucky in the third decade of the nineteenth century. Throughout the early period of the century, Kentucky continually added counties, as its population expanded and developed around the state. This map is very up-to-date in showing this political development. Though the three counties created in 1837–Caroll, Carter, and Trimble–do not appear, Clinton County, created in 1836, is shown. Detail is very good, showing rivers, towns, counties, roads, and some orography. The whole is attractively presented with original hand coloring, and precise engraving. $275



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

A finely engraved map by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher, showing Kentucky at the beginning of the fourth decade of the nineteenth century. The map was original drawn and issued by Thomas Bradford in 1838. This example was published in a version of Bradford's atlas produced by Samuel Goodrich three years later. Detail is very good, showing rivers, towns, counties, and some orography. At this early stage in the development of the state, only one railroad is shown, running from Lexington, through Frankfort, to Louisville. Another line is depicted running from Indianapolis to the Ohio River. The whole is attractively presented with original hand coloring, and precise engraving. $425



Bradford Kentucky
Thomas G. Bradford. "Kentucky." From A Universal Illustrated Atlas. Boston: Charles D. Strong., [1838]-1842. 11 3/8 x 14 1/4. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A finely engraved map by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher, showing Kentucky in the third decade of the nineteenth century. Throughout the early period of the century, Kentucky continually added counties, as its population expanded and developed around the state. This map is very up-to-date in showing this political development. Though the two counties created in 1837-Caroll and Trimble-do not appear, Carter County, created that same year, is shown. Detail is very good, showing rivers, towns, counties, roads, and some orography. The whole is attractively presented with original hand coloring, and precise engraving. $425



Henry S. Tanner. "A New Map of Kentucky with its Roads & Distances from place to place along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes." From Tanner's Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, [1839]-1846. 11 1/8 x 13 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved map. Original hand coloring. Two dark spots in image. Else, very good condition.

A superior, detailed map of Kentucky 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.

In 1846, S. Augustus Mitchell, a fellow Philadelphia publisher, got the rights to this atlas. Mitchell had lithographic transfers made of the engraved maps and issued his version of Tanner's Universal Atlas. The maps are essentially unchanged, including the original copyright dates, except for their being lithographs and having a modified border. This map of Kentucky is typical of the maps, and it shows the state at an interesting stage of its history. A table at the top lists the steamboat routes from Louisville to Pittsburgh and from Louisville to New Orleans; an important bit of information in this period of increased immigration and travel in the American mid-west. Also included are regional insets of areas around Louisville, Lexington and Maysville. An excellent map of the state. $325



Cowperthwait Kentucky
Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. "A New Map of Kentucky with its Roads & Distances from place to place along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1853. 11 5/8 x 13 7/8. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition. A strong and beautifully crafted map of Kentucky 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 Kentucky at an interesting period in its history. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, lakes, indications of major mountains ridges, 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 mid-west. This information is clearly depicted, including rail lines, steamboat routes, canals and roads. This map also has extra interest because of its three inset maps and the tables of distances. The tables show the distances from Louisville to Pittsburgh, and from Louisville to New Orleans by steamboat, an important bit of information. The insets are of the area around Lexington, Louisville and the Falls of Ohio, and the area around Washington and Clarksburg. A fascinating Kentucky document from mid-century. $300



Colton: Kentucky & Tennessee
J.H. Colton. "Kentucky and Tennessee." New York: J.H. Colton, 1856. 12 3/4 x 15 5/8. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Full margins. Very good condition.

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. This map with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. The map presents the counties with contrasting pastel shades, and includes depictions of towns, roads, railroads, rivers, and some topography. This is an attractive map as well as an interesting historical document. $150



Desilver Kentucky
"A New Map of Kentucky with its Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 11 3/4 x 14. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With decorative border.

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 in the region during the middle part of the century. An attractive and fascinating Kentucky document from just before the Civil War. JT OUT ON APPROVAL



Mitchell: Kentucky & Tennessee
"County Map of Kentucky and Tennessee." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1860. 10 3/4 x 13 3/8. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Full margins. Decorative border. Very good condition.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases, and it shows Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1860s. 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 mid-nineteenth century map. $165



Mitchell: Kentucky & Tennessee
"County Map of Kentucky and Tennessee." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1867. 10 3/4 x 13 3/8. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Full margins. Decorative border. Very good condition.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases, and it shows Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1860s. 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 mid-nineteenth century map. $150



"Colton's Kentucky." New York, G.W. & C.B. Colton, 1872. 14 x 22 5/8. Folding Lithographed map published in lovely ornate style when the Colton second generation were located at 172 Williams Street in New York City. Original buckram covers are detached but present and clean.

Map provides a fascinating picture of post-Civil War Kentucky. Major roads and railroads run through the state which had suffered many strains through the Civil War. $700



Gray: Kentucky Tennessee
Frank A. Gray. "Gray's New Map of Kentucky and Tennessee." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray & Son, 1876. 15 3/4 x 25 3/4. Lithograph. Original color. Very good condition.

A nicely detailed map of the states by the Philadelphia firm of O.W. Gray and Son. The firm began its publishing around mid-century and published regional and U.S. atlases up to the 1880s. The map contains excellent topographical information and good detail on the towns, counties, and roads in the states. Of particular note is the extensive network of railroads depicted throughout. This theme is reemphasized in an inset map in the top left of an "Outline Map…Illustrating the System of Railroads." Two other inset maps are included, one with a hypsometric depiction of the states and the other showing the density of population. Tables list the population of each state in each census from 1790 to 1870. $225



Bradley: Kentucky Tennessee
"Kentucky and Tennessee." Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley & Bro., 1889. 13 1/4 x 20 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition.

A neatly detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bro. 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. $140



Arbuckle Kentucky
"Kentucky." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, ca. 1890. Ca. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

A delightful map issued about 1890 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. This map of Kentucky is a wonderful example, including an illustration of a thoroughbred in the Blue Grass region and a whisky still. $65



Rand: Kentucky Tennessee
[Tennessee and Kentucky]. From Rand McNally & Company's Indexed Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1899. 18 3/4 x 25 3/4. Cerograph. Very good condition.

A late nineteenth century map from the early days of the Rand, McNally & Co. firm out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. Typical of the firm's work, this map has very good detail precisely and neatly exhibited. Topographic and social information, counties, roads, and many more details are neatly illustrated. Aesthetically and cartographically, it foreshadows the maps of the twentieth century. $125



George F. Cram. "Kentucky/Tennessee." (with inset of "Covington, Newport and Vicinity"), from Cram's Universal Atlas, Geographical, Astronomical and Historical. Chicago: G. F. Cram & Co., 1900. 12 5/8 x 20. Colored cerograph. Very good condition.

The George F. Cram Company was an engraving and publishing firm in Chicago. In the mid-nineteenth century the center of cartographic publishing was New York City, but this began to shift towards Chicago with the advent of the Rand, McNally and Cram firms. These companies were noted for their efficient output of precise maps filled with useful and up-to-date political and cultural information. Founded in 1869, the Cram firm quickly became synonymous with accuracy and innovation, creating maps delineating cities, towns, major transportation routes, railroads, and topographical features. This map of Kentucky and Tennessee is bordered by keys indexing counties, which are beautifully shown in contrasting colors, as well as cities with their approximate populations in thousands. Altogether an attractive and informative map. $120




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