"Mitchell's Map of the United States Showing the Principal Travelling, Turnpike and Common Roads; on Which Are Given the Distances in Miles from One Place to Another...", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus
Subject: Eastern United States
Period: 1838 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
23.3 x 18.2 inches
59.2 x 46.2 cm
This scarce pocket map shows the United States west to the Mississippi River and a little beyond to include parts of Texas and Missouri Territory. It is very detailed and features eight insets: the environs of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, Charleston, Boston, New York, Albany, Hartford and New Haven, and Niagara Falls. The labyrinth of canals and early railroads is clearly delineated. As a traveler's map, it features a detailed table which lists the distance between twenty-five cities. Mitchell's early series of maps, first published in 1832, was designed for the market represented by the burgeoning number of travelers and new immigrants. The maps were printed on thin bank note paper and folded so they could be carried easily for quick reference while traveling. Embellished with keyboard-style border and fancy titling.
References: cf. Phillips (Maps) p. 889.
Issued folding, now flat, with light soiling, and several tiny holes that are only visible when held up to light. There is a small hole at a fold intersection in the Hartford/New Haven inset and a couple edge tears that have all been repaired on verso with archival material. The margins are narrow, with loss of a portion of the top neatline.