Auction 163, Lot 129

"A New Map for Travelers Through the United States of America Showing the Railroads, Canal & Stage Roads. With the Distances [in] The Illustrated Hand-Book, a New Guide for Travelers Through the United States of America...", Smith, J. Calvin

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1847 (published)


Color: Hand Color

26.3 x 21.8 inches
66.8 x 55.4 cm

J. Calvin Smith produced some of the best travel guides and maps of the mid-nineteenth century. This wonderful second edition guide contains extensive information for the use of travelers and emigrants during this period of great westward expansion. The folding A New Map for Travelers through the United States of America Showing the Railroads, Canals and Stage Roads (26 x 22") is beautifully engraved with vignettes of Native Americans, a harbor, trains, Niagara Falls and a decorative border. The map shows the eastern United States to beyond the Mississippi River to include Nebraska Territory, Western Territory (Oklahoma) and eastern Texas. The emphasis is on the transportation network, the routes of which are prominently displayed with the distances between points. There are several small insets showing important railroad routes, as well as a large inset, "Map of Oregon Northern California, Santa Fe &c," in which the region labeled Santa Fe is included in the Texas panhandle. Published by Sherman & Smith. 233 pages with illustrations throughout. Embossed red cloth covers with gilt titles (4 x 6").

References: Phillips (Maps) p. 899.

Condition: B

The map is lightly toned with a few tiny splits at fold intersections and some staining along the left border where the map was adhered to the rear cover. Text is tight with a bit of light toning. Covers are moderately worn with chips to top and bottom of spine.

Estimate: $750 - $900


Closed on 6/14/2017