Catalog Archive
Auction 191, Lot 208

"Guide Through Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin & Iowa... [bound in] The Western Tourist and Emigrant's Guide...", Smith, J. Calvin

Subject: Upper Midwestern United States

Period: 1839 (published)


Color: Hand Color

24 x 20 inches
61 x 50.8 cm
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This is an early edition of this attractive pocket map that was issued as part of a guide for travelers and immigrants heading west. It is densely filled with information on stage roads, railroads, political divisions, towns and villages, watershed, and canals. The areas of Iowa and northern Wisconsin are sparsely settled. The Indian names are per Schoolcraft in this early edition. A "Proposed Military Road" to Council Bluffs and Ft. Calhoun is noted. Two large tables list the routing and distances for Steam Boat Routes throughout the area. The map is embellished with a decorative floral border and the engraved vignette "Maidens Rock, Lake Pepin on the Mississippi." The map is accompanied by a 180-page guide to the region. Folds into embossed green cloth covers (4.0 x 6.0") with gilt title on front cover. The map and title page are both dated 1840, but the copyright is dated 1839. Published by J.H. Colton.

References: Karpinski p. 260; cf. Howes #S-615.

Condition: B

The folding map has numerous short splits at the fold junctions and a 2" separation in Michigan, all of which have been closed on verso with non-archival tape. There is minor soiling and light stains showing on recto from tape on verso. Text is bright with light scattered foxing, and the covers have light shelf wear and slightly bumped corners.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/8/2023