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Reid Vermont
John Reid after Amos Doolittle. "Vermont from the latest Authorities." From J. Reid's, American Atlas. New York: J. Reid, 1796. First state. Engraving by James Roberts. 16 5/8 x 13 1/4. Light stains in right corners. Otherwise, excellent condition. Wheat & Brun, 198.

A map of Vermont from the second atlas published in the United States. This atlas, the American Atlas, was published by John Reid in 1796, and it was to accompany Winterbotham's Views of the United States. This map shows the state of Vermont divided into seven counties and then into townships. The range of the Green Mountains is shown running down the state. Rivers and the nascent road system is also well illustrated. Interestingly, the Ottaquechee River is shown as the Waterguechec River and Dartmouth College is shown. $1,150

Carey Vermont
Amos Doolittle. "Vermont From actual Survey." Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1814. 14 1/2 x 12. Engraving by A. Doolittle. Some printers wrinkles. Very good condition.

Two of the most important figures in early American cartography are represented in this lovely map of Vermont: Amos Doolittle and Mathew Carey. Published just after the War of 1812, this map is from Carey's Atlas which represented the best American cartographic work of the period. Carey, an Irish immigrant, established the first specialized cartographic publishing firm. He set up an elaborate system of craftsmen for engraving, printing, coloring and distributing his maps, and so was important not only for the excellent maps he produced, but also for his setting the pattern for early American map publishing. Amos Doolittle was a New Hampshire cartographer and engraver, who produced many of the best early maps of New England. This map of Vermont is a fine example of his work. The map shows the development of the state at the time, broken into counties and townships. The major towns, Dartmouth College, the Green Mountains and the fairly extensive road system are all indicated. The decorative appeal of the map is enhanced by the title cartouche, which includes pine trees and rush water. This is an excellent item of Vermont interest. $800

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. "Vermont." 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.

A precisely engraved map by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher. This map was first issued in the 1838 edition of Bradford's atlas, but this example appeared in Samuel Goodrich's atlas from 1841. The map shows Vermont, depicting the terrain of the state with considerable detail, including rivers, towns, counties, and some sense of the Green Mountains. The maps by Bradford are fine examples of the developing American cartographic industry and they are among the scarcest of state maps. $275

Joseph Meyer. "Neueste Karte von New Hampshire und Vermont 1846." Hildburghhausen: J.Meyer, 1845. 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

Henry S. Tanner. "New Hampshire & Vermont: By H.S. Tanner." From Tanner's Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, 1846. 14 1/2 x 12. Engraving. Full hand coloring. A few light marginal spots. Very good condition.

A crisp, detailed map of New Hampshire and Vermont 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, as well as detailed maps of a number of cities. The maps were later purchased by S. Augustus Mitchell, and then Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., but it is these early Tanner editions which are the rarest and most important. $225

"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 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

Arbuckle Vermont
"Vermont." 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


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