"[Lot of 3] Colton's Illinois [and] County Map of the State of Illinois [and] The City of St. Louis Missouri [on sheet with] The City of Chicago Illinois",
Period: 1855-61 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
A. Colton's Illinois, by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., dated 1855 (12.8 x 15.9"). This detailed county map includes railroads, canals, roads, cities, towns, villages, and rivers. The county configuration is current to 1853-54. An inset at bottom left depicts Chicago and its surroundings. Includes Colton's signature strapwork border. Condition: A few light spots and minor show-through of text on verso. There is marginal toning and light stains in the top and right blank margins. (B+)
B. County Map of the State of Illinois, by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, from Mitchell's New General Atlas, dated 1861 (10.9 x 13.7"). Handsome map of the state featuring an up-to-date county configuration, as can be seen by the presence of Douglas and Ford counties, both founded in 1859 (the layout of the counties would remain stable for the next decade). This is an earlier version of the map with the large inset Plan of Chicago instead of an inset map of Springfield and its vicinity. Although he is not credited on the map, this was engraved by W.H. Gamble. There is a bold floral border encasing the map. Condition: Clean and bright with toning along the edges of the sheet. (A)
C. The City of St. Louis Missouri [on sheet with] The City of Chicago Illinois, by J.H. Colton & Co., from Colton's Atlas of the World, dated 1855 (15.5 x 12.9"). This sheet shows plans for the downtown areas of both St. Louis and Chicago with detail of streets, railroads, rivers and wards. The plans of the two cities are on the same scale, surrounded by a decorative strapwork border. Condition: There is a touch of soiling in the image and some marginal toning, else fine. (A)
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