New York: Ensign & Thayer, 1849, ©1848. First edition. Hardcover. The folded Gold Rush Era pocket map measures 26¾” x 21”. Original hand coloring. The map Includes county divisions for Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, and parts of Wisconsin and Iowa. The Indian and Nebraska Territories are identified to the west. The map is surrounded by a leafy decorative border with vignette views of Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Detroit at the corners.
This is the first edition of Atwood’s classic travel map; it was updated yearly through 1855. It is mounted inside a 3½ ” x 5½” black leatherette cover stamped in gilt with decorative border, illustrations of a steamboat and railroad train, and text reading, Ensigns & Thayer’s Map of the Western States.
The map is in nice shape with some minor toning, a few misfolds, and splits along the storage folds. (There is nothing wrong with the top edge of the map. It is complete; I just didn’t get it completely unfolded before I snapped the photo and didn’t want to unfold it a second time.) Some of the splits have been mended with what appears to be archival tape. The front of the cover is in nice shape with bright gilt lettering and decorations; the rear is similarly stamped but without gilding. The inside cover has some endpaper toning and minor wear. There is a bookseller label inside the front cover that reads, “Judd & Murray’s / Cheap Book Store / N. Queen St. opposite PO. / Lancaster, PA.”. Very good. Item #009497