"Map of Massachusetts Connecticut and Rhode Island Constructed from the Latest Authorities", Mitchell/Cowperthwait
Subject: New England
Period: 1850 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 17.2 inches
55.4 x 43.7 cm
This fine pocket map is very detailed and hand colored by county. It locates roads as well as canals and railroads both existing and proposed. There are a surprising number of railroads already in existence including the Stonington, Worcester, Eastern, Western, New Haven & Springfield, the New York & New Haven and several others. There is an inset of a plan of Boston that includes a key that locates 20 places of interest. Longitude is given from Greenwich and from Washington. Fancy titling and keyboard-style border; printed on banknote style paper. Original pasted paper label on inside front cover gives population by counties and an explanation of the census. Map is "Sold by Thomas, Cowperthwaite & Co. No. 253 Market Street." Folds into blue cloth covers (3.2 x 5") with embossing and gilt stamped title.
The map is now detached from covers with several short fold separations and splits that have been closed on verso with archival tape, and scattered foxing. A small network of binding tears at bottom left has been repaired with archival material on both recto and verso. There is some slight rubbing to covers and spine.