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S. Lewis. "Upper Territories of the United States." From A New and Elegant General Atlas Containing Maps of each of the United States. Baltimore: F. Lucas, Jr., 1816. Folio. 10 3/4 x 8 1/2. Engraving. Full original hand color. Large margins. Fine condition.

A fine map of Micjigan, Illinois, Indiana and the recently formed Northwestern [sic] Territory which included present day Wisconsin and portions of Minnesota and Michigan, by Baltimore cartographer, Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781-1854). Lucas appears to have become involved in the publishing and book trade while a resident of Philadelphia from 1798 to 1804, when he moved to Baltimore. In 1807 Lucas joined Conrad, Lucas & Co., and then in 1810 he set up his own business at 138 Market Street. There Lucas first got involved in cartographic publishing with his New and Elegant General Atlas of 1816. In the second decade of the nineteenth century, through his Philadelphia contacts, Lucas was one of the major contributors to Carey & Lea's atlas of 1823. Concurrently with this involvement, Lucas brought out his own General Atlas, containing 104 maps of all parts of the world. Lucas, during his 50 years of residence in Baltimore, established himself as a prominent citizen of that city, serving as President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, President of the Board of School Commissioners, and as President of the Second Branch of the City Council. But it is for his important role in early American cartography that Lucas is best remembered. $1,400



SDUK: Michigan & Wisconsin
"North America/ Sheet V The North West and Michigan Territories." London: SDUK & Baldwin & Cradock, 1833. 15 1/4 x 12 1/8. Engraving by J. & C. Walker. Original outline hand-coloring. Full margins. Excellent condition.

A detailed and cleanly drawn map of the old Northwest and Michigan Territories issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. This map shows in detail the area around Lake Michigan during an important transitional period just following the Black Hawk War. Michigan is shown just four years before statehood when settlement extended only half way up the peninsula. Wisconsin is depicted one year before Milwaukee was founded and three years before it became a state. Altogether, a fine examples of the Society's work. $225



Colton Wisconsin
J.H. Colton. "Wisconsin." New York: J.H. Colton, 1856. 15 5/8 x 12 3/4. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Full margins. Light time toning. Else, very good condition.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This map of Wisconsin, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. The map presents the counties with contrasting pastel shades, and includes depictions of towns, roads, railroads, rivers, and some topography. Each feature is labeled neatly, and the information given extends to beyond the borders of the state. $225



Colton 1866 Wisconsin
J.H. Colton. "Colton's Wisconsin." With inset "Vicinity of Milwaukee." New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. 1866. 15 5/8 x 12 3/4. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Full margins. Very good condition.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This map of Wisconsin, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. The map presents the counties with contrasting pastel shades, and includes depictions of towns, roads, railroads, rivers, and some topography. Each feature is labeled neatly, and the information given extends to beyond the borders of the state. $175



W.H. Gamble. "County Map of Michigan and Wisconsin." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1867. 11 1/2 x 13 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

The third version of Mitchell's map of Michigan and Wisconsin. This is an updated version of the W.H. Gamble rendering of 1863. Besides a change in the border style, the main change is that there are considerably more railroads shown in southern Michigan, showing the development of that state. $125



Bradley Wisconsin 1885
"Wisconsin, Showing North Western portion of Michigan." With inset of "Isle Royale (Part of Michigan)." From Bradley's Atlas of the World for Commercial and Library Reference. Philadelphia: Wm. M. Bradley & Bro., 1885. 22 x 17 1/2. Map extends past borders on all sides. Lithograph. Original hand color.

A precisely detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bro. 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. It shows the state with impressive detail, with emphasis on rivers, towns, and the myriad railroad lines criss-crossing the state. $100



[Wisconsin]. From Rand McNally & Company's Indexed Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1899. 26 x 19. 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. $90



"Wisconsin." From Atlas of the World. New York: C. S. Hammond, 1904. 11 x 8. Chromolithograph. Small tear in bottom margin. Otherwise, very good condition.

A detailed and up-to-date map by one of the leading American cartographic firms of the early twentieth century. New York had become the center of American map publishing in the middle of the nineteenth century. Towards the end of the century much of the cartographic industry moved to Chicago and other cities, but the Hammond firm kept New York as an important center of map-making. This map is typical of the company's output, with accurate and clearly presented topographical and geographical detail. $25



"Milwaukee." From Rand McNally & Company's Indexed Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1909. 19 x 12 1/2. 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. $85




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