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Thomas G. Bradford. "Virginia, Maryland and Delaware." From A Comprehensive Atlas. Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston: Wm. B. Ticknor, 1835. 7 5/8 x 10. Engraving. Original outline color. Some spotting in margins. Otherwise, very good condition.

A nice map from Boston publisher and cartographer, Thomas G. Bradford (1802-1887). 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. $145



J. Knowles Hare. "Johnson's Map of the Vicinity of Richmond, and the peninsular Campaign in Virginia. Showing also the interesting localities along the James, Chickahominty [sic] and York Rivers. Compiled from the Official Maps of the War Department." From New Illustrated Family Atlas. New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862. 17 7/8 x 26 5/8. Stone lithograph. Original hand color. Scattered spots, but overall very good condition.

Alvin J. Johnson began publishing his New Illustrated Family Atlas in 1860 and continued to publish it through the Civil War years to 1865. Included in these atlases was a series of double page maps. This map shows detail of Civil War activity in Virginia from its tidewater region in the East, to Richmond in the West. Excellent detail of the three rivers mentioned in the title, as well as railroads, main roads and the Union Army's route of advance from Yorktown to Fair Oaks, then retreat via Charles City CH and advance to Malvern Hills, whence a retreat was then made to Harrison's Pt. & Landing. $275



S. Augustus Mitchell. "County Map of Virginia and West Virginia." 1864. 11 1/2 x 14 1/8. With decorative border. Original hand color.

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 from around the middle of the nineteenth century 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. With its bold hand-color, decorative borders, and interesting information from this interesting period of American history, this is a fine example of the Mitchell firm's output. $175



S. Augustus Mitchell. "County Map of Virginia and West Virginia." 1872. 11 1/2 x 14 1/8. Original hand color. Stain extending into bottom border.

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 from around the middle of the nineteenth century 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. With its bold hand-color, decorative borders, and interesting information from this interesting period of American history, this is a fine example of the Mitchell firm's output. $100



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 Virginia
"Virginia." 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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