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Auction 165, Lot 173

"Guide Through Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska & Kansas, Showing the Township Lines of the United States Surveys... [in] Colton's Traveler and Tourist's Guide-Book...", Smith, J. Calvin

Subject: Upper Midwestern United States

Period: 1857 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

27.9 x 19.3 inches
70.9 x 49 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 Minnesota and Dakotah are sparsely settled. A table at top right shows statistics from the 1850 Census including population, principal cities, crops, and livestock. The map is embellished with a decorative floral border and the engraved vignette "Maidens Rock, Lake Pepin on the Mississippi." Published in Colton's Western Tourist and Emigrant's Guide including 149 pages of informative text and 36 pages of advertisements for the Colton firm. Hardbound in brown cloth (4.0 x 6.0") with gilt title and illustrations on front cover.


Condition: B

Issued folding with scattered foxing, staining along the left border where the map was adhered to the board, and a number of small fold separations. There is a 1" tear just above Iowa City. The guide text is very good with light toning. The boards are warped and rubbed with bumped edges.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/15/2017