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In the 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 in the second decade of the century. Finley was very concerned to depict as up-to-date information as was possible, and thus his map presents an accurate picture of Louisiana in the early 1820s. Most of the development in the state at the time was in the east along the Mississippi. The western part of the state is shown as consisting of two counties, with litttle development. The map is elegantly presented, with crisp and clear engraving and attractive pastel hand shading. Towns, rivers, and political divisions are indicated, and the road system throughout the state is marked. The myriad waterways of the state are well depicted. The hand coloring makes this map as attractive as it is informative. This is a fine map of Louisiana at an early stage of its development as a state. $225
"Louisiana." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea., 1827. 11 5/8 x 13 (map); 16 3/4 x 21 (full sheet). Engraving by Kneass. 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. 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 fine, contemporary map of the state of Louisiana shows the state at an interesting period in its history, and probably derived from Darby's seminal map of a decade before. Louisiana is shown in an early stage of development, with few towns, though a fairly extensive system of roads. The myriad bayous, rivers, and lakes are carefully mapped. Parishes are named and indicated with contrasting pastel shades. The text that surrounds the map on three sides adds valuable information concerning the situation, history, climate, government, and economy of the state. An important graphic and verbal document of Louisiana interest. $625
"Map of the States of Mississippi, Louisiana and the Arkansas Territory." From John H. Hinton's The History and Topography of the United States of America. London: I.T. Hinton & Simpkin & Marshall, -1832. 16 1/8 x 10 1/2. Steel engraving by Fenner Sears & Co. A few separations along old folds, archivally repaired. Else, fine 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. $195
Thomas G. Bradford. "Louisiana and part of Arkansas." From A Comprehensive Atlas. Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston: Wm. B. Ticknor, 1835. 10 1/4 x 7 5/8. Engraving. Original outline color. Some light spotting. Otherwise, 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. This is a good representation of American cartography in the fourth decade of the nineteenth century and an interesting document of regional history. $85
Thomas G. Bradford. "Louisiana." From A Universal Illustrated Atlas. Boston; Charles D. Strong.,  - 1842. 11 3/8 x 14. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A finely engraved map by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher, showing Louisiana at the beginning of the fourth decade of the nineteenth century. The map was original drawn and issued by Thomas Bradford in 1838 and this example was published five years later. Detail is very good, showing towns, counties, and the myriad rivers throughout the state. This map shows the state during a period of considerable development, especially in the southeastern part and along the Mississippi. The map is impressive in its detail, which includes some of the early roads and a railroad running into New Orleans from the north. The whole is attractively presented with original hand coloring, and precise engraving. $325
Henry S. Tanner. "A New Map of Louisiana with its Canals, Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes." From Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, -1843. 10 3/4 x 13 1/4. Engraving by W. Brose. Original hand color. Spot in upper right. Else, very good condition.
A strong and beautifully crafted map of Louisiana from the nineteenth century 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. This map is a fine example of that atlas. It is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, bayous, marshes, towns, lakes and parish borders. Tanner'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 south. This information is clearly depicted, including railroads, canals and roads. Along the left side are tables showing distances along steamboat routes on the Mississippi. Also included is an inset map showing New Orleans, with a key to sites in the city. $250
Thomas Cowperthwait. "A New Map of Louisiana with its Canals, Roads & Distances from place to place along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes." Philadelphia: Thomas Cowperthwait & Co., 1850. 11 1/2 x 14 3/8. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original color. Full margins. Very good condition.
A strong and beautifully crafted map of Louisiana 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 Louisiana as a well developed state at mid-century. It is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, bayous, marshes, towns, lakes and parish 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 south. This information is clearly depicted, including railroads, canals and roads. Along the left side are tables showing distances along steamboat routes on the Mississippi. Also included is an inset map showing New Orleans, with a key to sites in the city. 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 Louisiana document. $250
Thomas Cowperthwait. "A New Map of Louisiana with its Canals Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes." Philadelphia: Thomas Cowperthwait & Co., 1851. Lithograph. Original hand color. 11 1/2 x 14 1/4. Small spot over Greensburg.
Another example of Cowperthwait's fine map of Louisiana, published a year later. $200
Johnson and Ward. "Johnson's Arkansas Mississippi and Louisiana." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862. 24 x 17. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.
An attractive and large map of these southern states from A. J. Johnson's atlas issued one year following the start of the Civil War. 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 an good example of Johnson's work. Townships, towns, roads, rail lines, rivers and lakes are shown throughout. Of particular note is the extensive road and rail network connecting these states to ports along the Mississippi. The clear presentation of cartographic information and the warm hand coloring make this an attractive as well as interesting historical document. $75
Joseph Gorlinski. "Map of Louisiana." Washington: General Land Office, 1866. 15 3/8 x 15 7/8. Lithograph. Original outline color. Very good condition.
The U.S. General Land Office (GLO) was established in 1812 with responsibility to survey and control the dispersal of public lands. All public land was required to be surveyed prior to settlement, and the first director of the GLO, Thomas Hutchins, set up a systematic process of rectangular survey for the public lands and launched the great national project to survey and map the public domain in the entire country, a procedure which got under way in the famous "seven ranges" of southeast Ohio. Each surveyor was to record not only geography, but also features of the landscape with economic import, such as roads, Indian trails, existing settlements, Indian lands, mineral deposits and of particular interest, railroads and their rights of way. Of note is that unlike most surveys of the time, the surveyors were instructed not to apply new names to the landscape, but to use "the received names of all rivers, creeks, lakes, swamps, prairies, hills, mountains and other natural objects." Periodically the GLO would issue maps showing the progress of their surveys, and this map shows how Louisiana was well covered by 1866. Interesting features are the railroads in the state. $250
S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. "Plan of New Orleans." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1867. 9 1/4 x 10 7/8. Lithograph. Full original hand color. Full margins. 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. The map depicts and names streets, rail lines, and major buildings. The different areas of the city are colored contrasting pastel shades. This map would have provided more readers with good information about New Orleans in this period. A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive mid-nineteenth century map. $125
S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. "County Map of the States of Arkansas Mississippi and Louisiana." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1867. 20 7/8 x 13 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Slight discoloration in left and right margins.
A new multi-state atlas map of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana from the Mitchell publishing company in Philadelphia. For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell, Sr. dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases shortly after the Civil War. 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 and historically interesting mid-nineteenth century map. $75
"Gray's Atlas Map of Louisiana." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1873. 11 3/4 x 14 3/4. From Gray's Atlas of the United States. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A nicely detailed map of Louisiana showing counties, towns, canals, roads, railroads & topography 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 is typical of their work, and its attractive presentation and interesting detail make it a nice example of late nineteenth century Philadelphia cartography. A similar map of Mississippi is on the reverse. $110
C. Roeser. "State of Louisiana." Washington: General Land Office, 1879. 28 1/2 x 24. Lithograph. Original outline color. Very good condition.
A larger updated GLO map from 1879. Each surveyor was to record not only geography, but also features of the landscape with economic import, such as roads, Indian trails, existing settlements, Indian lands, mineral deposits, and of particular interest, railroads and their rights of way. Of note is that unlike most surveys of the time, the surveyors were instructed not to apply new names to the landscape, but to use "the received names of all rivers, creeks, lakes, swamps, prairies, hills, mountains and other natural objects." Periodically the GLO would issue maps showing the progress of their surveys, and this map shows how Louisiana was completely covered by 1879. Interesting features are the railroads in the state. $195
"Louisiana." 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
"Map of New Orleans." From Rand, McNally & Co.'s Indexed Atlas of the World. Chicago: 1892. 18 7/8 x 12 1/4. Cerograph. A few archivally repaired tears in margins. Else, very good condition. $65
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