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Auction 133, Lot 234

"Geographically Correct Indexed Township Map of Florida...Showing Complete System of Florida Central and Peninsular R.R.", Matthews-Northrup Co

Subject: Southeastern United States, Florida

Period: 1892 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

17 x 36.5 inches
43.2 x 92.7 cm
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Great promotional railroad map's title continues "The Shortest and Quickest Route to all Points in Florida. Extending Directly through the Great Phosphate and Fruit Belt." The importance of phosphate deposits is suggested by their inclusion in the title and prominence of phosphate lands shown in color on the map. Phosphate deposits are quite rare and caused a boom after their discovery in 1883. The map is beautifully printed in blue, yellow and orange. The lands of the Florida Central & Peninsular Railroad Company are highlighted in orange and includes the towns of Lakeland, Dade City, St. Catherine, Wildwood, Summerfield, Silver Springs, Ocala, and Lochtoosa. The map extends north to include parts of Georgia and South Carolina to Columbia; an inset shows Western Florida. A large, separate representation is titled "South-eastern Portion of the United States showing Connections of Florida Central and Peninsula R.R." The verso contains 18 panels each topped with orange printed banner for the railroad. The text below describes the beauty, bounty and opportunity awaiting the "Tourist, Sportsman, Invalid, Settler and Prospector" traveling to Florida. Self folding, the lovely pictorial cover panel illustrates the Suwanee River, including music! Printed by the Matthews-Northrup Company of Buffalo and dated June 15, 1892. A rare and desirable land promotional map that folds to a 4.3" x 9" brochure.


Condition: B+

Folding, as issued. Some sections of light toning and three spots near Grove City.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/1/2010