A New Map of Missouri with its Roads & Distances (Map No. 28 from A New Universal Atlas. . . .). H. S. Tanner, Henry Shenk.

A New Map of Missouri with its Roads & Distances (Map No. 28 from A New Universal Atlas. . . .)

Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1841. Unbound. Approximately 14” x 17.5” including the wide margins. Includes a distance table for St. Louis Steam Boat Routes. Strong, clear image with attractive hand coloring. Light soiling. A little rough along the left edge where it was removed from the atlas.

This very attractive map of Missouri, published at a time when settlements were springing up in locations away from the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, it shows the state’s network of canals, railroads, and main roads.

This edition labels Kinderhook County which became Camden County in 1843 and Niangua County which became Dallas County in 1844. Daviess County is misspelled as Davis County. Plattsburg is shown to be in Clay County, Gallatin in Caldwell County, and Far West is in Ray County.

Interestingly, the map’s well-done illustrations of the highlands in southeastern part of the state contrast starkly with the absence of any depiction of the considerably higher and more extensive range of Ozark Mountains in the southwest; no doubt this is the product of relatively little travel and settlement in that region.

The Potosi lead mines are located on the map as are the “Bounty Lands” north of Chariton County. (Bounty lands were tracts of land set aside as partial payment for volunteers who served in War of 1812.)

The Platt Purchase in the upper northwest of the state is included, however its western border is significantly different today as the result of changes in the course of the Missouri River. Very good. Item #008764

Rather scarce. At the time of listing, OCLC shows only five institutions hold examples of this edition, and one institution holds a different printing. The Rare Book Hub shows no auction results for this edition and only two for other editions. No examples are for sale in the trade.

Price: $400.00

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