1828 The Tourist's Map of the State of New York Compiled from the Latest Authorities
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By: William Williams
Date: 1828 (dated) Utica, NY
Dimensions: 20 x 28.5 inches (51 x 71.5 cm)
A scarce and early-19th century traveler's map of New York State made prior to the implementation of railroads when stage, canal, and steam-boats were the most efficient methods of travel.
This map is an important relic of New York history, published just three years after the first boat made the trip from Lake Erie along the newly constructed Erie Canal to New York City in 1825. This connection, along with the natural waterway of the Ohio River would prove vital for the transportation of goods and raw materials to Chicago and the western frontier. At its peak in 1855 alone, some 33,000 commercial shipments utilized the canal. This map features a large profile and description of the canal as well as a smaller profile of the Champlain Canal. The right hand portion of the map details distance and times of travel throughout the state via stage, canal, and steamship.
The map was originally issued folded, now flattened and without its original covers. Counties are were carefully color-coded by hand with towns, cities, roads, canals, rivers, and streams shown in fine detail. An mix of fonts make a lovely title cartouche that pays homage to early 19th Century Americana.
Condition: This map is in A condition with some light paper toning along folds and where the piece was once adhered to cover boards. Some archival reinforcement work was done on the verso, mostly along fold intersections. Colors are bold with ample margins on all sides.
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