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Braddock Mead. "A Map of the most Inhabited part of New England,..." London: Thomas Jefferys, ca. 1774. Top two joined sheets of a total of four sheets. Engraving. Outline hand color with full hand color west of Connecticut River. Wide margins. Otherwise, very good condition. With insets; "A Plan of the Town of Boston." Degrees of Latitude: 35; Stevens & Tree: 33(e).

The top half of a fascinating large scale four sheet map of New England, whose copious and precise detail make it one of the finest map of the region ever issued. The map was drawn by Braddock Mead (aka John Green), an assistant to Thomas Jefferys, who through Jefferys had access to the latest general and specific maps available in London. Starting with the initial source of a 1753 map by William Douglas, and using quite a number of other sources as well, Braddock Mead produced a map that combined a wide scope with excellent topographical and political information. Such was its superiority and accuracy that it can be considered as the "Revolutionary War Map" of New England, used by both the British and the Americans during those hostilities, and it remained the prototype map of New England until the early nineteenth century.

Rivers, lakes, towns, townships, and roads are shown from Lake George, NY to Gloucster, Massachusetts and Kennebeck Bay, Maine. Of particular note is the indication of the dispute over the area that now constitutes Vermont, which was claimed by both New York and New Hampshire, a dispute that wasn't fully resolved until years later.

Please note this is only the top half (two joined sheets) of this large four sheet detailed map. $850



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



Reid: New Hampshire
John Reid. "The State of New Hampshire, Compiled chiefly from Actual Surveys. 1796." New York: J. Reid, 1796. From The American Atlas. 17 1/4 x 11. Engraving by B. Tanner. Very good condition. Wheat & Brun: 189.

An important eighteenth-century, American made map of New Hampshire. This map was issued in Reid's landmark American Atlas in 1796, which was published to accompany William Winterbotham's An historical, geographical, commercial, and philosophical view of the United States of America. John Reid was one of the seminal figures in United States mapmaking prior to 1800. His atlas was one of the first American atlases, and the maps from it represent the best of the nascent American cartographic industry. Not only is this map important for it publisher, but the engraver, Benjamin Tanner, is one of the noted American engravers–of both maps and prints–from this period through the early years of the following century. This map of New Hampshire is based on the Samuel Lewis map issued just the year before and it has fine detail throughout the state, including rivers, lakes, and some indication of the mountain ranges. One of its interesting features is the note that the White Mountains when seen from the sea look like white clouds hovering over the horizon. Towns and many roads are shown throughout, giving a fascinating image of New Hampshire near the end of the eighteenth century. A great and very scarce American made map of the state. $1,150



"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



Jean Alexandre C. Buchon after Carey & Lea. "Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique De New Hampshire." Paris: J. Carez, 1825. 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 (map); 17 3/8 x 24 (full sheet). Engraving by B. de Beaupre. Original hand color. Full margins. Excellent condition.

In 1822, Carey & Lea issued their important American Atlas, containing maps each of which were accompanied by an historical and statistical account of the area depicted. Three years later Jean Buchon issued his revised, French edition of the atlas, Atlas Geographique des deux Amériques. Following the earlier format with maps surrounded by the text, Buchon's maps are fascinating Franco-American documents, presenting a comprehensive statement of the French understanding of what was still considered the 'New World.' The maps have excellent detail, and the text is filled with information on the climate, economy, topography, government, and so forth.

One of the earliest maps of the state of New Hampshire published outside of America, the surrounding text contains contemporary details of topography, climate, rivers, towns, population by county, plus commercial and other information. $145



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.

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



Thomas G. Bradford. "New Hampshire & Vermont." Boston: Wm. B. Ticknor, 1842. 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. Originally 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 fifth decade of the nineteenth century and an interesting document of regional history. $95



Joseph Meyer. "Neueste Karte von New Hampshire und Vermont 1846." Hildburghhausen: J.Meyer, 1846. 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. $175



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



S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. "New Hampshire and Vermont." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1866. 13 7/8 x 11 3/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. With decorative floral border. 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 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. This particular map is a good representative of the later style of Mitchell maps. While the attention to detail and information remains the same as previous firm's maps, the execution is lighter and includes the decorative floral border. $125



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



Frank Gray. "New Hampshire and Vermont." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, ca. 1875. 16 x 24 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A handsome map by one of the Philadelphia competitors to the big New York cartographic firms. The topography of the state is clearly depicted and the counties and townships are indicated with contrasting pastel shades, lending an attractive appearance to the map. $95



Julius Bien. "Geological Map of New Hampshire and Vermont by C. H. Hitchcock." New York: Comstock & Cline, 1877. 22 5/8 x 15 1/2. Engraving. Very good condition.

This map is from H. F. Walling's Atlas of the State of New Hampshire which had text by C. H. Hitchcock and which was engraved and printed by Julius Bien. An informative and colorful map of the two states. $125



William Bradley & Bros. "Vermont and New Hampshire." Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley & Bro., 1886. 22 x 15 1/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A neatly detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bros. While Philadelphia was no longer the main center of cartographic publishing in North America by the late nineteenth century, many fine maps were still produced there, as is evidenced by this map. Topography, political information, towns, and physical features are all presented precisely and clearly. $60



"New Hampshire." Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1888. From Rand McNally & Company's Indexed Atlas of the World. 19 x 12 3/4. Cerograph. Very good condition.

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. $65



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



[New Hampshire]. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1899. From Rand McNally & Company's Indexed Atlas of the World. 19 x 12 3/4. Cerograph. Very good condition.

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. $65



"New Hampshire and Vermont." Chicago: Geo Publishing Co., ca. 1930. 21 x 14 3/4. Cerograph. $45




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