"A New Map of Mississippi with Its Roads & Distances", Mitchell/Cowperthwait/Desilver
Period: 1850 (dated)
Publication: A New Universal Atlas...
Color: Hand Color
11.6 x 14 inches
29.5 x 35.6 cm
This attractive 19th century map of pre-Civil War Mississippi by Charles Desilver features good detail of the numerous towns and villages, rivers, roads, and one active railroad linking Jackson and Vicksburg. County configuration is current to around 1846 with an expanded Jackson County, although the Lafayette-Marshall border is outdated. Some distances are noted between cities along main roads. The table on the left gives the steamboat routes between Natchez and New Orleans and Natchez and Pittsburgh. Despite the Charles Desilver copyright imprint with a date of 1850, Desilver had no interest in the publication of the atlas until mid-1854. Therefore this is a remnant date from the original Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. copyright. This issue was actually published in 1856.
Light toning along the edges of the sheet with a couple of stains confined to the blank margins.