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Mitchell's Travellers Guide through the United States. A Map of the Roads, Distances, Steam Boats & Canal Routes &c.
S. Augustus Mitchell. Philadelphia. 1832. - Map, handcolored engraving, 17 x 21 1/2 on sheet 17 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches, folding as issued into gilt decorative black leather covered boards 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Cover worn, head of spine chipped, inner hinge split, previous owner's name and date of 1832 plus other pen marking on front pastedown; archivally repaired splits at several map folds, short separations at several fold intersections but overall the map is in very bright, crisp condition. There is no "single separate folded sheet" as described in the David Rumsey record for this map (there is paper residue to the front endpaper and this may have been where the folded sheet was tipped in). This is the first edition of this important map in the settlement of the United States. The map extends west to the Missouri Territory, with Mexico at the lower left corner, where Texas makes its appearance in later issues of the map. There are a total of nine map insets: Vicinity of Cincinnati; Vicinity of Albany; Vicinity of New Orleans; Vicinity of the Falls of Niagara; Vicinity of Boston; Vicinity of New York; Vicinity of Charleston; Vicinity of Baltimore and Washington; Vicinity of Philadelphia. This copy is lacking the printed index which in this edition appeared on a sheet of the same size as the map and was folded into the front cover. Shown are: Turnpike Roads, Principal travelling roads, Common roads, Canals, Rail Roads. A very handsome example of Mitchell's engraved maps, portraying the States on the eve of a rapid transformation. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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