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Melish Baltimore
John Melish. "Baltimore, Annapolis and adjacent Country." From A Geographical Description of the United States, with the contiguous British and Spanish Possessions. Philadelphia, 1822. Ca. 6 1/2 x 3 1/8. Engraving. Paper somewhat time-toned with old tape stain in upper right corner of margin. Else, very good condition.

Beginning in 1816, Melish issued his Geographical Description, which contained extensive information about the entire United States and surrounding regions. In 1822, Melish issued a considerably expanded edition, which included 12 engraved regional maps of considerable note. $100

Carey & Lea: Maryland
Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Geographical, Statistical, and Historical Map of Maryland." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1827. Engraved by Boyd. Map 11 x 19 1/4; Full sheet 16 5/8 x 20 7/8. Engraving by Boyd. 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 map of Maryland was designed by Fielding Lucas of Baltimore. He was one of the early leaders of the arts and sciences circles of that city. This map is based on Lucas' 1819 depiction of the state. Besides much detail about Maryland, the map shows all of Delaware and Washington when the District of Columbia comprised all of the ten mile square configuration. $625

"Map of Virginia and Maryland." With inset "Plan of Washington and Georgetown." From John H. Hinton's The History and Topography of the United States of America. London: I.T. Hinton & Simpkin & Marshall, [1830]-1832. 9 3/4 x 15 5/8. Steel engraving by Fenner Sears & Co. 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. $225

City maps by S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell, Jr. Lithographs. Full original hand coloring. Full margins. Very good to excellent condition.

Though sharing the position with New York, Philadelphia was still one of the leading American cartographic publishing centers of the latter part of the nineteenth century. The dominant Philadelphia firm during this period was that founded by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, and continued by his son. Their atlases are known for detailed maps and attractive decorative borders. These maps show the central parts of Baltimore and the City of Washington, as opposed to the ten miles square District of Columbia. The maps provide an excellent, detailed view of each city at this time. Fascinating and decorative maps from the time of the Civil War and just after.

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

A.J. Johnson. "Johnson's Delaware and Maryland." Inset: "District of Columbia." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1864. 12 3/4 x 16 1/2. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. Small chips at edges of marings, else, very good condition.

Another example of Johnson's map with a different decorative border. This one from 1864. $175

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 Maryland
"Maryland." 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. $65

From Indexed Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 26 x 19. Cerographs. Full original color. Very good condition.

Late nineteenth and early 20th century maps 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 work from the firm, these maps have very good detail, precisely and neatly exhibited. Topographic and social information, counties, roads, and many more details are illustrated. Railroad information is also presented. Aesthetically and cartographically the iconic style of maps of the twentieth century.

Cassimir [sic] Bohn. Bohn's Hand-Book of Washington. Washington, 1861. Lithograph. 11 x 15 7/8. With folds as originally issued. Partial narrow margin at left where map was attached to handbook. Minor stain left hand side in river. Else, very good condition.

A fine lithographed, folding map fo the City of Washington and Georgetown by E. Sachse & Company of Baltimore. Besides intricate detail of both cities and much information in two reference keys, there is a lovely illustration of the Capitol with The Thomas U. Walter dome, four years prior to completion. $450

"Plan of the City of Washington." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1864. 11 x 13 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. With decorative floral border. $350

Mitchell Jr: Washington
S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. "Plan of the City of Washington." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1866. 11 x 13 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. With decorative floral border.

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. Each ward is colored in a contrasting pastel shade. This map was republished in several editions and it provided more readers with information about Washington than any other map of the period. A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive mid-nineteenth century map. $350

"Map of Washington." Chicago: George Cram, 1891. 9 x 11 1/2. Ceriograph. Very good condition. $75

"Map of the Main Portion of Washington, DC." New York: Rand McNally, 1900. 12 1/2 x 9 1/4. Ceriograph. Very good condition. $75


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