Auction 162, Lot 149

"[4 City Maps] A Geographical Description of the United States, with the Contiguous British and Spanish Possessions, Intended as an Accompaniment to Melish's Map of These Countries", Melish, John

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1818 (published)


Color: Black & White

5.4 x 8.2 inches
13.7 x 20.8 cm

This small book was issued to accompany Melish's landmark map of the United States. Within the 186 pages of text describing his large map are four single-page maps depicting the greater regions of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore/Annapolis. Each map (approximately 3.2 x 5.5") focuses on the transportation network of these major American cities.

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.


Condition: B

The maps have occasional light foxing and soiling. Both maps and text pages are somewhat cockled, and the text is soiled and foxed at the beginning and end of the volume. The hinges are starting and the covers are moderately worn, warped, and stained.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 4/26/2017