A New map of the United States upon which are delineated its vast works of internal communications, routes across the Continent &c. Showing Also Canada and the Island of Cuba
By: Wellington Williams
Date: 1856 (dated) Philadelphia
Dimensions: 24.5 x 29.25 inches (62.2 x 72.3 cm)
A rare separately issued antique map of the United States from the Atlantic Ocean to the middle of Texas and the Nebraska Territory, with an inset of the western parts of the United States entitled, "Map of California, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah &c."
Separately issued maps such as this were published for the use of wagon drivers, railroad passengers, and steamboat voyageurs, in a new and rapidly developing country. The rugged conditions of travel insured much destruction of these little documents which were sold at inns and stations called "Traveler's Companion" or "Stranger's Guide." They were often updated sometimes an undetermined number within a single year, because demand for the best information was startling real.
Thus, by their very nature they fulfill the primary role of published cartography. These are maps of great historic significance for the history of the United States, for they were the maps actually used during the nation's great expansion. They were made for lasting wear since the publishers used high grade paper, often bank note paper, and they were folded into leather and buckram covers. They appear to have brighter hand coloring than most other maps issued at the same time, ostensibly to aid in reading under adverse circumstances.
An interesting remark within the inset of the Western Territories reads as follows...
In the compilation of our Map, government and other authorities have been referred to. Fremont, Marey, Wilkes, Emory, Albert, Johnston, Simpson, Whiting, and others are gentlemen of well known reputation and to whose valuable researches into the geography of that portion of our country lying between the States and the Pacific, every citizen of the Republic should feel indebted.
Condition: This authentic antique map is in A condition, with original outline hand color. There are some typical small breaks at folds and in corners. It has been expertly conserved and lined.
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