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Auction 118, Lot 342

"[Lot of 2] Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique de l'Indiana [together with] A New Map of Indiana with its Roads, & Distances", [blank]

Subject: Indiana

Period: 1825-46 (published)


Color: Hand Color

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These two map provide an excellent view of the rapid development of the state of Indiana in the years between 1825 and 1846.

1) Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique de l'Indiana is the French version of Carey & Lea's first separate atlas map of Indiana. More than half the state is undeveloped with the huge Delaware and Wabash counties taking up most of the central region, illustrating how the state developed north from the Ohio River. The northern part is noted as Frontiere Indienne and occupied by the Kickapoo Indians. Fort Wayne is shown with a flag, guarding this frontier. The map is surrounded by French text on a full folio sheet, with a table listing the population of each county (Wabash having only 147 people). The text also describes the geography, climate and battles. Published by Jean Alexander Buchon in 1825. The map (8.5 x 11") is on a double-page with French text, 24 x17" overall.

2) A New Map of Indiana with its Roads, & Distances published by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, in the influential New Universal Atlas of 1846. This attractive state map illustrates the county development in the frontier region of the previous map, which is now filled with roads, canals and railways. The Old Indian Boundary is still noted in the northeast corner of the state. The National Road cuts across the middle of the state. A table to the left gives the steamboat routes from Louisville to Pittsburgh and from Louisville to New Orleans, while the right of the map has a profile of the Wabash and Erie Canal. (10 x 12.5").


Condition: A

1) Original hand color and some faint toning in the blank margin. 2) Pleasantly toned throughout with original hand color. There is a little marginal soil, not affecting map.

Estimate: $180 - $250


Closed on 3/6/2007