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Auction 185, Lot 189

"Mitchell's Map of the United States; Showing the Principal Travelling, Turnpike and Common Roads; on Which Are Given the Distances in Miles from One Place to Another...", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1836 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.3 x 18.9 inches
59.2 x 48 cm
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This uncommon pocket map shows the United States west to the Mississippi River and a little beyond to include parts of Texas and Missouri Territory. It is very detailed and features eight insets: the environs of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, Charleston, Boston, New York, Albany, Hartford and New Haven, and Niagara Falls. The labyrinth of canals and early railroads is clearly delineated. As a traveler's map, it features a detailed table which lists the distance between twenty-five cities. Mitchell's early series of maps, first published in 1832, was designed for the market represented by the burgeoning number of travelers and new immigrants. The maps were printed on thin bank note paper and folded so they could be carried easily for quick reference while traveling. Embellished with keyboard-style border and fancy titling. The covers are not present and the map has been encased in Mylar for preservation.

References: Phillips (Maps) p. 889.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with light scattered foxing and a number of short fold separations that have been professionally repaired on verso. Encased in Mylar for preservation.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $450

Closed on 11/17/2021