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Universal Mag New Hampshire
"An accurate Map of New Hampshire in New England from a late Survey." From Universal Magazine. Vol. 68; London, February 1781. Engraving. 12 5/8 x 10 7/8. Wide margins. Very good condition. With eight pages of original text.

Beginning in 1731, monthly news magazines made their appearance in Britain. These magazines, with such names as Gentleman's Magazine and London Magazine, contained poetry, prose, and articles on events, fashions, personalities, and other items of the day that might be of interest to the English gentleman. One of their most popular, and historically important, features was the inclusion of prints and maps to accompany their articles. The Universal Magazine, founded in 1747, issued a series of maps of the American "colonies" during the Revolution, including this excellent map of New Hampshire issued in 1781 (hostilities had ceased, but the treaty was not signed until the following year). What is particularly interesting is that the map encompasses both Vermont (then an area under dispute between NH and NY) and much of Maine (then part of Massachusetts). Detail is fascinating, focusing on rivers, lakes, towns and a number of forts. $850



Mathew Carey. "The State of New Hampshire." From American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1801. 7 1/2 x 5 3/4. Engraving by Seymour. Some faint off-setting. Otherwise, very good condition. Cf. Wheat & Brun: 197.

A map of New Hampshire from Carey's American Pocket Atlas. This is the second state of one of the very early American maps of New Hampshire; the first state was issued by Mathew Carey in 1796. Unlike many other cartographers of the day, Carey updated his maps in subsequent versions, and this 1801 example from the Pocket Atlas is a good example of this. In 1796 either Carey did not have information on the roads, or he thought it not important. However, by 1801, this had changed and Carey added clear delineations of the roads in the state. He also depicted other new information, including additional hills, lakes, and counties. $225



Carey New Hampshire
Samuel Lewis. "New Hampshire" Philadelphia: M. Carey, [1813]-1818. 17 3/4 x 11 1/4. Engraving by Gridley. Original outline color. Very slight foxing and slight darkening at center fold.

Carey continued to issue is Atlas into the early nineteenth century, adding outline color in 1814. This is a good example of the updated map of New Hampshire. $750



"New Hampshire." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea., 1822. 11 7/8 x 8 3/4 (map); 16 5/8 x 20 5/8 (full sheet). Engraving by Young & Delleker. Original hand color. 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. $450



Anthony Finley. "New Hampshire." From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1827. 11 1/4 x 8 5/8. Engravings by Young & Delleker. Original full hand coloring. Very good condition. Denver.

During the 1820's, 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 coloring. 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. Six counties are represented including the newly added Merrimac county. An excellent map from the nascent American cartographic world. $375



Burr Vermont and New Hampshire
David H. Burr. "Vermont and New Hampshire." From A New Universal Atlas. New York: Thomas Illman, 1835. 12 1/2 x 10 3/8. Engraving. Full original color. Very good condition. Denver.

An excellent map of Vermont and New Hampshire by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. The map shows each county with a different color and towns and cities are noted throughout. With his access to information from the Post Office, Burr's depiction of the road system is accurate and up-to-date. Burr's maps are scarce and quite desirable. $275



Thomas G. Bradford. "New Hampshire & Vermont." Boston: Wm. B. Ticknor, 1835. 10 x 7 5/8. Engraving by G.W. Boynton & Co. Original outline color. 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 is a good representation of American cartography in the fourth decade of the nineteenth century and an interesting document of regional history. $125



Thomas G. Bradford. "New Hampshire." Boston: T. G. Bradford, 1838. 14 1/8 x 11 3/8. Engraving by G. W. Boynton. Original hand color. Some minor discoloring from oxidation. Otherwise, very good condition.

A finely engraved map issued by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher. The map shows New Hampshire in the third decade of the nineteenth century, depicting the terrain of the state with considerable detail, including rivers, towns, counties, and some sense of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. The maps by Bradford are fine examples of the developing American cartographic industry and are among the scarcest of state maps. $275



Thomas G. Bradford. "New Hampshire." From Samuel G. Goodrich's A General Atlas of the World. Boston: C.D. Strong, 1841. 14 1/8 x 11 3/8. Engraving by G. W. Boynton. Original hand color, with some minor splotching from oxidation. Full margins. Very good condition.

Samuel Goodrich's version of the Bradford map, first issued in 1838. $275



Tanner Vermont and New Hampshire
Henry S. Tanner. "New Hampshire & Vermont." From Tanner's Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, 1839. 13 7/8 x 11 1/4. Engraving. Full original hand coloring. Very good condition.

A detailed map of New Hampshire and Vermont 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. Each county is indicated with a contrasting pastel shade, and the states are cris-crossed with roads, canals and railroads. Population charts of the counties of both states and their major county are shown at the right. This is a very fine example of early American cartography at its best. $225



Joseph Meyer. "Neueste Karte von New Hampshire und Vermont 1846." Hildburghhausen: J.Meyer, 1845. 14 3/4 x 11 5/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Minor spotting throughout. Otherwise, very good condition.

An unusual map from J. Meyer's Handatlas. The maps from this atlas are based on Henry Tanner's maps which were issued a few years before. Tanner's maps focused on the transportation network of the states depicted, including roads, railroads, and canals, and the Meyer derivatives follow them in this emphasis. The topographical information is nicely presented, showing towns, rivers, political boundaries, etc.. The Meyer versions, issued in Germany, extended the influence of these excellent maps throughout Europe. $140



"Map of New Hampshire & Vermont." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1850. 15 x 12 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A strong and beautifully crafted map of New Hampshire and Vermont 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. A series of tables gives distances between cities by stage, and another pair of tables gives population information. The detail is very clearly and precisely rendered, and with the warm hand coloring this is a most interesting and attractive map of the state. $145



J.H. Colton. "New Hampshire." New York: J.H. Colton & Co, 1855. 15 3/4 x 12 1/2. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Spot in lower right margin. Otherwise, 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 New Hampshire, 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 lakes. Of particular interest are the indications of the burgeoning transportation network in the state, with roads and railroads clearly shown. An attractive map as well as a fascinating historical document depicting the state in the ante-bellum years. $125



A. J. Johnson. "Johnson's New Hampshire and Vermont." New York: Johnson & Browning, ca. 1860. 24 x 17 1/4. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. With a few chips at edges of margins. Else very good condition.

A detailed map of New Hampshire and Vermont as they appeared near the time of the Civil War, issued in Alvin Jewitt 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 and geographies having indirectly succeeded the J.H. Colton Co. The counties are hand colored in contrasting pastel shades, lending the map an attractive appearance. It is an excellent example of Johnson's, and thus American cartography. $110



A.J. Johnson "Johnson's Vermont and New Hampshire." New York: A. J. Johnson, 1867. 23 x 17. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

Another map of the states by the prolific A.J. Johnson as they appeared near the end of the Civil War. The detail is quite extensive, showing all the newly added townships and transportation routes. $95



"New Hampshire and Vermont." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1872. 13 3/4 x 11 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Very good condition.

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 its bold hand-color, decorative borders, and interesting information, this is a fine example of the Mitchell firm's output $80



Arbuckle New Hampshire
"New Hampshire." 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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