Auction 134, Lot 141

"[Lot of 8 - City Maps]", Melish, John

Subject: Cities of the United States

Period: 1822 (published)

Publication: A Geographical Description of the United States…

Color: Black & White

4 x 6.5 inches
10.2 x 16.5 cm

New-York and Adjacent Country ; Ballston & Saratoga Springs, City of Albany, and adjacent Country ; District of Columbia ; Baltimore, Annapolis and adjacent Country; Boston, and Adjacent Country; New Orleans and adjacent country; St. Louis and adjacent Country; and Outlet of Columbia River. These eight small regional maps are from one of Melish's important descriptions of the young United States. Each map focuses on the transportation network of these major American cities. The last map is the course of the Columbia River in the vicinity of Astoria and to the outlet at Cape Disappointment. John Melish was the first American publisher to concentrate on cartographic and geographic publications. Born in Scotland, Melish immigrated to Philadelphia in 1811. In 1812 he published Travels in the United States of America, which included his first maps. He soon came to dominate the industry in this country, and had a huge impact on all subsequent American map-making. Size given is approximately the same for all maps.


Condition: B

All with good impression on sound paper, but all with more or less scattered foxing.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $900

Closed on 12/1/2010