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Hondius: Florida
Jodocus Hondius. "Virginia et Florida." Line engraving and printed text. London, 1625. Folio sheet 12 1/2 x 8. Full margins. Fine condition. Ref.: Burden, 155. Cumming-De Vorsey, 33.

This fine map is a reduced version of the Mercator-Hondius double folio map of the East Coast of North America from Florida to above Chesapeake Bay. The map was printed in Amsterdam as early as 1607 for Hondius' Atlas Minor, and from 1635 to 1639 in London in Historia Mundi. The text of this printing is in English that was used for Purchas His Pilgrimage in 1625. The map does not have the pictorial decorations of its double folio uncle; however, all the same geographical information is present. $1,250

After Tanner. "North America XIV: Florida."London: SDUK, 1834. 16 1/8 x 13 1/2 (full sheet). Engraving by J. & C. Walker. Original outline hand-coloring. Very good condition.

A precise and cleanly drawn map of Florida 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 crisply drawn map of Florida is an important early rendering of the state. It is based on the work of Tanner, an influential American cartographer. The careful detail and fine engraving show off the SDUK work at its best. $375

Bradford Florida
Thomas G. Bradford. "Florida." From A Comprehensive Atlas. Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston: W.D. Ticknor, 1835. 10 1/8 x 7 3/4. Engraving. Original outline color. Full margins. First issue. A few light spots, mostly in margins. Else, very good condition.

An early map of Florida published in 1835, a decade prior to statehood. Florida was formally acquired by the United States from Spain in 1821, and rapid emigration from the north soon followed. This led to strains with the native Americans which resulted in the second Seminole War of 1835. This map was issued just at the time of this conflict, and its depiction of tribal locations and territories is fascinating. Other details include illustrations of rivers, swamps, lakes, and towns, almost all of which were located in the northern-most quarter of the territory. A most interesting map of Florida. $275

Johnson Florida
A.J. Johnson. "Johnson's Florida." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1863. 12 x 15 1/4. Lithograph. Full original color. Very good condition.

A.J. 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 separate maps. This map is a nice example of Johnson's, and thus early American, cartography. It shows a prodigious amount of topographical and political information, including fascinating information on the roads and railroads which criss-crossed the state at this time, and an inset "Florida Keys" is in the lower left. With its attractive hand color and decorative border, this map is as attractive as it is interesting. OUT ON APPROVAL JC

Mitchell: Florida, North & South Carolina 1867
"County Map of Florida, North and South Carolina." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1867. 11 1/2 x 13 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Decorative border. Very good condition. With inset "Map of Charleston Harbor."

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 Florida, North and South Carolina in 1866. Towns, rivers, roads and other topographical information are clearly shown, and two insets show Charleston and its harbor. The counties are shaded with contrasting pastel colors and a decorative border surrounds the map, with the whole effect making for an attractive mid-nineteenth century map. $185

Mitchell Florida
"County Map of Florida." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1867. Lithograph. Original hand-coloring. Some slight smudging in margins. Else, very good condition. With inset of "Mobile."

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. The Mitchell firm's maps are known for their precision and great detail. Mitchell gathered the best current information available, and depicted it with great clarity. Information shown includes rivers, lakes, swamps, and islands. Also shown are towns, railroads, and political borders. This map has a detailed city plan of Mobile in the lower left and it is graced with the typical Mitchell vine-leaf border. $225

"Florida." From Gaskell's Atlas of the World. Chicago: Gaskell, 1887. 11 1/4 x 16 5/8. Cereograph map with original printed color. Very good condition.

Charles A. Gaskell arrived in Chicago in the early 1880s, commencing a career as an author, publisher and book distributor. This atlas map is a good example of the quality of American mapmaking at the time. Done by cerography, or wax engraving, the map is filled with precise, clear and copious details. Depicted are towns, road, railroads, rivers, all set against a topographical background, and with pastel shades delineating counties shown as they existed from March 1885 to February 1887. $55

Rand McNally Florida
"Florida." From Rand, McNally's Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1899. Color cerograph. 9 1/8. x 12 3/8. Short repaired tear in bottom margin; else, very good condition.

A handsome map of Florida from Rand McNally's Atlas of the World. 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. This is a nice example of his output, showing the sunshine state. Also includes an interesting inset of "Lake, Orange and Volusia Counties," just north and west of Orlando. $85


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