Auction 157, Lot 228

"Guide Through Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin & Iowa. Showing the Township Lines of the United States Surveys... [in] The Western Tourist and Immigrant's Guide", Smith, J. Calvin

Subject: Central United States

Period: 1845 (published)


Color: Hand Color

24.7 x 19.6 inches
62.7 x 49.8 cm

This beautifully engraved pocket map was issued as a guide for travelers and immigrants. It is densely filled with information on Stage Roads, railroads, political divisions, towns and villages, watershed and canals. The areas of northern Iowa and northern Wisconsin are mostly unsettled. The Indian names are per Schoolcraft in this early edition. A Proposed Military Road to Council Bluffs and Ft. Calhoun is noted. Two large tables list the routing and distances for Steam Boat Routes throughout the area. The map is embellished with a decorative floral border and the engraved vignette "Maidens Rock, Lake Pepin on the Mississippi." Published in Colton's 119-page "Western Tourist and Emigrant's Guide" that has much information on the states and territories the map covers and was marketed to emigrants looking for new farmland. Attached to the inside front cover and front free-endpaper are two contemporary newspaper clippings concerning tariffs and harbor improvements (which were vetoed by the President) - see images.


Condition: B+

A crisp engraving, issued folding, with occasional faint toning along the folds and minor soiling mostly in the blank margins and decorative border. A few tiny splits at fold intersections have been closed on verso with archival tape. Guide book has light scattered foxing and covers are very good with light wear.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $500

Closed on 5/4/2016