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Auction 176, Lot 228


"[Lot of 3] New-York, and Adjacent Country [and] Ballston & Saratoga Springs, City of Albany, and Adjacent Country [and] View of the Country Round the Falls of Niagara ", Melish, John

Subject: New York

Period: 1822 (circa)

Publication: A Geographical Description of the United States…

Color: Black & White

4 x 6.4 inches
10.2 x 16.3 cm
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These small regional maps are from one of Melish's important early 19th century descriptions of the young United States. The maps focus on the transportation networks in New York, covering the city, the region around Albany, and Niagara Falls. 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.

References: Howes #M-490; Sabin #47431.

Condition: B+

The maps are slightly toned with some light scattered foxing.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $60

Closed on 2/12/2020