By: T. & E.H. Ensign
Date: 1843 (dated) New York, NY
Dimensions: 17 x 23 inches (43 x 58.5 cm)
This authentic antique map of the United States was issued folded into Phelps & Ensign Traveller's Guide through the United States. In 1838, Phelps & Ensign began to issue a series of "Traveller's Guides", which appeared as folding maps and wall maps. Within the decorative map border, a detailed depiction shows the United States to the first tier of states west of the Mississippi River.
This is accompanied by numerous small inset maps of the vicinities of important cities and small regions of the countries, along with a small inset of the southern tip of Florida. The map proper gives good information on the cities and towns of the U.S., as well as roads between them, with distances indicated.
The map has a particular focus on the transportation nexus in the United States. As it states in the title, the map "contains the roads, distances, steam boat and canal routes". Along each road are indicated the distances between the cities, which would be useful information for the travelers for whom this map was intended. Such separately issued, folding maps are rare and of considerable historic interest. This is a fine example.
Condition: This antique map is in A condition, engraved on steel, with strong original hand color.
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