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"A New Map of Maryland and Delaware." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1848. 11 1/4 x 14 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Typical overall time-toning to paper. Very good condition. With inset of Baltimore.

The Mitchell map of Maryland and Delaware is typical of his excellent output. Topographical information, including towns, rivers, roads canals and so on, is profuse and clearly shown, and the counties are shaded with contrasting pastel colors. Since steamboats were the most glamorous and comfortable way to travel, the map includes the distances from Baltimore to points between that major city and Norfolk, Philadelphia, and Washington. $325

A.J. Johnson. "Johnson's Delaware and Maryland." Inset: "District of Columbia." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862. 12 3/4 x 16 1/2. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. A few light spots, else, very good condition.

A detailed map of the states of Delaware and Maryland and with an inset of the District of Columbia as they appeared near the end 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. This finely-detailed map, struck from a lithographic stone, includes three vignette views of famous buildings in the city of Washington. 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. $175

S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. "County Map of Maryland and Delaware." [and] "County Map of New Jersey." Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell, Jr., 1867. Lithograph. Full original hand coloring. Full margins. Spots in decorative border near the mouth of Delaware Bay, Delaware. Else, very good condition.

A fine map by S.A. Mitchell Jr. of these three eastern states, from the period just after the Civil War. $75

Frank A. Gray. "Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray & Son, 1881. 15 1/2 x 25 1/2. Lithograph. Original color. Two small chips in margins. Else, very good condition.

A nicely detailed map of the state 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. This map was issued shortly after the American centennial and it is typical of their work. It contains excellent topographical information and good detail on the towns, counties, roads, and railroads in the state. A large inset map gives impressive detail of Washington DC, inlcuding the recently developed communites to the north, such as Mt. Pleasant, Pleasant Plains, and Meridian Hills. For small insets show Wilmington, Annapolis, Annapolis Harbor, and Dover. $185

Hardesty: Delaware Maryland DC
Rand, McNally & Co. "Map of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia." From H. H. Hardesty's Historical hand-atlas, illustrated, containing large scale copper plate maps of each state and territory . . . Chicago: H. H. Hardesty, 1882. Double folio. 13 x 19 1/2. Full original color. Full margins. Excellent condition.

From a rare Hardesty atlas, this is 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. $275

Bradley: Delaware, Maryland Virginia West Virginia 1884
"Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley & Bro., 1884. 15 7/8 x 22 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A precisely detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bro. Bradley took over the publication of Mitchell's New General Atlas in the early 1880s and this is a fine example of nineteenth century American mapmaking. It shows the states with impressive detail, with emphasis on rivers, towns, and the myriad railroad lines criss-crossing the states. Counties are named and are delineated in attractive pastel colors. $150

Tunison: Va Md & De
Henry Tunison. "Tunison's Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia." From Peerless Universal Atlas. Jacksonville, Illinois: H.C. Tunison, ca. 1885. Wax engraving. Original color. 9 3/4 x 12. Very good condition.

A handsome map from Tunison's Peerless Universal Atlas. With the development of wax engraving (cerography), more maps and atlases were, for the first time, easily produced in cities beyond the major printing centers of New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. Henry C. Tunison issued a series of fine atlases beginning in 1885 and lasting into the beginning of the twentieth century. This is a nice example of his output. Small towns are scrupulously noted, as is the population of each state. $75

Arbuckle Delaware
"Delaware." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1889. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

A delightful map of Delaware 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. This card of Delaware includes vignette scenes of ship building and peaches. $60

Aitchison Delaware
Robert T. Aitchison. "Delaware 'Diamond' State." Wilmington, Delaware: Mentholatum Company, 1937. 21 x 15 1/2. Color pictorial map. Excellent condition.

This colorful map includes decorative vignettes illustrating the history and resources and a detailed text history of the state. Showing place names, roads, Indian settlements, landmarks, agriculture and administrative boundaries. Includes the State seal and the State flower. R.T. Aitchison was a Witchita, Kansas illustrator. $275

Riegel Delaware
J[acob] Riegel, Jr. "The State of Delaware." Wilmington, Delaware: Delaware Tercentenary Commission, 1938. 21 x 15. First Edition. Color pictorial map. Old tape stains in margins; none affecting image. Else, very good condition.

This pictorial map celebrates the history of the state of Delaware at the time of its Tricentennial. This colorful map was issued by the Delaware Tercentenary Commission; pictorial maps, such as this example, were quite popular in the early 20th century.

Originally marketed for $1, this "PICTORIAL MAP OF DELAWARE, IN FULL COLOR, designed by Jacob Riegel, Jr., showing an authentic map of the State with an ornamental border, depicting the coats of arms of Sweden, the Netherlands, England and the United States; soldiers of their respective periods; portraits of Johann Printz, Peter Stuyvesant, James, Duke of York; drawings of 32 historical buildings and many other embellishments. Sheet size 19" x 25", for sale at $1.00 each."

These maps were produced in large numbers, but are scarce today since they were issued for promotional purposes. Overall, an informative and decorative map. $350

Atlas of the State of Delaware from actual Surveys under the direction of D.G. Beers. Philadelphia: Pomeroy & Beers, 1868. Folio. Map image size varies but approximately 14 x 13 unless noted as double folio. Lithographs. Original hand color. All in very good condition unless otherwise noted. All maps are priced $70 unless indicated.


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