This page includes a sample of antique maps of each American state.  Maps of the individual states of the U.S. have been the staple of atlases since the end of the eighteenth century.  They provide a wonderful glimpse of each state at different periods of history and they are often wonderfully decorative items for the home or collector.

This page contains a selection of one map for each state which we think is of interest and which is priced at no more than $500.  We have more maps of each state, which you can see by clicking on the appropriate link.

[ A | C | D | F | G | H | I | K | L  | M ]
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Alabama

 

 

 

 

 

 

S. Augustus Mitchell. “A New Map of Alabama with its Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes.” From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1850.

Alabama is shown shortly after the last Indian lands were ceded and just before the capital was moved from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery.  $275

 

Alaska

Gray "Map of the Territory of Alaska (Russian America) Ceded by Russia to the United States."

 

 

 

 

 

“Map of the Territory of Alaska (Russian America) Ceded by Russia to the United States.” Philadelphia: Gray, 1875.

This map shows Alaska shortly after it was acquired by the United States from Russia (1867). The coast line and the islands lying off it, with the cities there, is well documented. In the interior, the main mountain ranges, rivers and settlements are noted, but this was a period was little was known beyond the coast.  $175

 

Arizona

Grant Arizona

“Rail Road & Township Map of Arizona.”  From Grant’s Rail Road & Business Atlas.  New York: Alexander A. Grant, 1886.

An interesting and detailed map of the state from A.A. Grant’s atlas of 1886, designed to be useful for businesses, especially with reference to railroads.   $275




 
 
 
 
 

Arkansas

Henry S. Tanner. “A New Map of Arkansas with its Canals, Roads & Distances.”   Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1844.

The map shows Arkansas less than a decade after it became a state.  It is typical of Tanner’s work, with excellent detail, with roads, towns, counties and much topography.  Of note is the list of steamboat routes along the top.  $250

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California

 

 

 

 

 

 

“County Map of California.”  From Mitchell’s New General Atlas.  Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1863.

An early separate map of the state, by the important American publisher, S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr.   Includes an inset of San Francisco Bay, as well as the settlements around the Great Salt Lake.  $175

 

Colorado

Mitchell Colorado 1885

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Colorado.”  From Mitchell’s New General Atlas.  Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1885.

One of the most attractive early maps of the state, issued less than a decade after statehood.  $225

 

Connecticut

Finley Connecticut

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Finley.  “Connecticut.”  From A New General Atlas.  Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1830.

A crisp map of Connecticut from Anthony Finley.  Issued in 1830, when American mapmaking was beginning to reach the same levels of quality as that of the Europeans.  $175

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Delaware

Joseph T. Scott. "Delaware."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph T. Scott. “Delaware.” From United States Gazetteer. Philadelphia: J. Scott, 1795.

A first state of one of the earliest American maps of Delaware, from the first American gazetteer.  $375

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Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“North America/ XIV/ Florida.”  London: SDUK, 1834. 

A precise and cleanly drawn map of the territory of Florida by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK).  This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding.  $350

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Georgia

David H. Burr. "Georgia."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David H. Burr. “Georgia.” From A New Universal Atlas. New York: Thomas Illman, 1835.

An attractive map of Georgia shortly after the Indian Removal Act, but the state was going through a period of considerable development.  Burr was appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives.  $425

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Hawaii

Cram Hawaii 1897

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Hawaiian Islands.”  From Cram’s Universal Atlas.   Chicago: George F. Cram & Co., 1897.

A map showing the islands in the last year of the Republic of Hawaii, before it was annexed by the United States in 1898.  $95

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Idaho

C. Roeser. “Territory of Idaho.” Washington: GLO, 1876.

The General Land Office was charged with surveying the public lands in the U.S..  In the post-Civil War period, the GLO focused on western states and territories.  This map shows how detailed their work was.  $250

 

Illinois

Carey & Lea Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Illinois.” From A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas.  Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1827.

An early map of Illinois showing almost all the development in the state in the south and west, along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  From the important American Atlas by Carey & Lea.  $450

 

Indiana

“Colton’s Indiana.” New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., 1886.

A lovely example of a Colton pocket map of Indiana.  Original covers show this was a promotion for Aug. T. Post, a New York banker.  $275

 

Iowa

Gray's Iowa 1873

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Gray’s Atlas Map of Iowa.” Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1873.

A large map of Iowa showing its impressive development in the years leading up to the country’s Centennial.  With transportation being so important to Iowa, it is not surprising to see the plethora of railroads criss-crossing the state throughout.  $150

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Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

“Map of Kansas – Published by the State Board of Agriculture.” Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., ca. 1879.

An interesting map published by the Kansas Board of Agriculture.  Of note is the depiction of The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and the Kansas Pacific Railway, illustrating the lines, stations, and connecting lines (some existing and some proposed).  $45

 

Kentucky

Carey & Lea Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fielding Lucas, Jr..  “Kentucky.”  Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1822.

One of the best American maps of the state from the early part of the nineteenth century, which includes interesting text about Kentucky below the map.  Of note is that Pilot Knob, a known landmark, is shown in two spots, both northeast and southwest of ‘Bowlingreen.’   $375

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Louisiana

Henry S. Tanner. "A New Map of Louisiana with its Canals, Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes."

 

 

 

 

 

Henry S. Tanner. “A New Map of Louisiana.” From Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, [1839]-1843.

A strong and beautifully crafted map of Louisiana from the nineteenth century by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner. Along the left side are tables showing distances along steamboat routes on the Mississippi. Also included is an inset map showing New Orleans, with a key to sites in the city.  $225

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Maine

David H. Burr. "Maine."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David H. Burr. “Maine.” From A New Universal Atlas. New York: Thomas Illman, 1835.

In 1835, Maine was still relatively undeveloped and this map presents the state in this early stage.  Burr, the topographer for the U.S. Postal Service had access to as good information as there was, making this a particularly interesting map of Maine.  $250

 

Maryland

1796 map of Maryland and Delaware

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Denison.  “Map of the States of Maryland and Delaware.”  From Jedidiah Morse’s The American Universal Geography.   Boston: Thomas & Andrews, 1796.

Cheating a bit here, as this is a map of two states, but it is such a rare and wonderful early example of American cartography, that we figured we use it anyway.  Of note is the indication of “Washington City” even before its physical establishment.  $325

 

Massachusetts

Railroad map of Massachussetts 1883

 

 

 

 

 

“Map of the Railroads of the State of Massachusetts Accompanying the Report of the Railroad Commissioners. 1883.” Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Company, 1883.

A fine map with great detail on the daily life facilitated by the railroad. Post offices are marked (classified by whether or not they also sold money orders), as are county towns and villages of all sizes.  $175

 

Michigan

Gray Michigan railroads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Gray’s Atlas New Railroad Map of Michigan 1873.” Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1873.

The O.W. Gray map publishing firm of Philadelphia was making very nice atlas maps in the 1870s, including some which focused specifically on the development of the railroads in the states.  This is a nice example of the state of Michigan.  $150

 

Minnesota

Mitchell County Map of Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

“County Map of Minnesota.” From Mitchell’s New General Atlas.  Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1863.

One of the first maps published of just Minnesota by itself.  Mitchell shows the state near the end of the Civil War.  $85

 

Mississippi

Grant Mississippi 1886

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Railroad and County Map of Mississippi.”  From Grant’s Rail Road & Business Atlas.  New York: Alexander A. Grant, 1886.

An interesting and detailed map of the state from A.A. Grant’s atlas of 1886, designed to be useful for businesses, especially with reference to railroads.  $125

 

Missouri

Philippe Vander Maelen. [Illinois, Missouri and western areas]

 

 

 

 

 

Philippe Vander Maelen.  “Amerique Septentrionale; No. 49.”  From Atlas Universel. Brussels: P. Vander Maelen, 1827.

Another slight cheat on the plan, as this map shows the southwestern part of Illinois and part of the old Missouri Territory, besides the state of Missouri.  However, it is one of the earliest maps to really focus on Missouri, from the first lithographed atlas of the world.  Great early detail!  $450

 

Montana

Mitchell Montana 1880

 

 

 

 

 

“Territory of Montana.”  From Mitchell’s New General Atlas.  Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1880.

One of the earliest maps of Montana by itself.  Created in 1864, the territory was mostly shown in maps of groups of states and territories until Mitchell added an individual sheet in his New General Atlas in 1879.  The territory is shown just about a decade before statehood.  $285

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Nebraska

Gray Nebraska

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Nebraska.” Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1875.

An early map showing just Nebraska by itself, issued within a decade of statehood (1867).  Nebraska was well settled in the eastern parts and beginning to be developed along the Platte River, and these areas are shown broken into counties with towns, roads and railroads clearly depicted. The northwest corner of the state, the home of many Indian tribes, is left blank except for rivers.  $160

 

Nevada

Grant Nevada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Rail Road & Township Map of Nevada.”  From Grant’s Rail Road & Business Atlas.  New York: Alexander A. Grant, 1886.

An interesting and detailed map of the state from A.A. Grant’s atlas of 1886, designed to be useful for businesses, especially with reference to railroads. $155

 

New Hampshire

Mathew Carey 1801 New Hampshire Antique Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathew Carey. “The State of New Hampshire.” From American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1801.

The second state of Carey’s pocket map of New Hampshire (first state 1796).  In the years after it was first issued, Carey was able to gather new information, especially on roads in the state, which adds to the interest of this map.  $225

 

New Jersey

Johnson's New Jersey 1863

“New Jersey.” New York: Johnson & Ward, 1863.

The Johnson map publishing firm from New York produced some of the best maps of the mid-nineteenth century.  Known for their clear and copious detail, the maps are also attractive with pastel colors and decorative borders.  This is a nice example of their output.  $80



 

 

 

 

 

New Mexico

GLO map of New Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles J. Helm.  “Territory of New Mexico.”   Washington, D.C.: GLO, [1903]-Dec. 19, 1906.

The General Land Office produced some of the most interesting maps of the early 20th century.  Here M.R. Campbell, the “Geologist in charge, Economic Geology of Fuels,” added information on coat, both known and probable, to December 1906.  $225

 

New York

 

 

 

 

 

“Map of the State of New York.” New York: Charles Magnus, 1854.

Charles Magnus is known for his souvenir prints and lettersheets, but he also issued a few separate publication maps like this one of New York.  Includes an inset map of Long Island and a view of Niagara Falls.  $275

 

North Carolina

Finley North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Finley.  “North Carolina.”  From A New General Atlas.  Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1830.

In the third decade of the nineteenth century, Anthony Finley produced a series of fine atlases in the then leading American cartographic center, Philadelphia.  This precise and colorful map is a nice example of his output.  $185

 

North Dakota

D.W. Ensign Standard Map of North Dakota 1893

 

 

 

 

“Standard Map of North Dakota 1893.” From D.W. Ensign &s Co.’s Plat Book of Grand Forks, Walsh and Pembina Counties. Chicago: D.W. Ensign & Co., 1893.

North Dakota was separated from South Dakota only four years before this map was issued.  Separate maps of the two states are hard to find (we also have maps of the Dakota Territory).  $75

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Ohio

Railroad map of Ohio 1904

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Railroad Map of Ohio.”  Columbus Lithograph Co., 1904.

A large, folding map of Ohio, showing lines of 36 major railroads and their subsidiaries as well as 50 electric or traction railroads.  $75

 

 

Oklahoma (Indian Territory)

Bradley Indian Territory 1887

 

 

 

 

 

“Indian Territory.”  From Atlas of the World.   Philadelphia: Wm.M. Bradley & Bro., 1887.

A nice map of the Indian Territory from shortly before the creation of the Oklahoma Territory in 1889 out of part of the Indian lands.  $175

 

Oregon

GLO map of Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

A.F. Dinsmore.  “State of Oregon.”  Washington, D.C.: GLO, Dec. 19, 1906.

The General Land Office continued to survey public lands, focusing in the early twentieth century on natural resources such as coal.  This colorful map includes impressive detail of Oregon, including Indian reservations.  $165

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Pennsylvania

Joseph T. Scott. "Pennsylvania."

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph T. Scott. “Pennsylvania.” From United States Gazetteer. Philadelphia: J. Scott, 1795.

18th century, American-made maps of the states are hard to find.  This is the first state of Joseph Scott’s excellent map of the Keystone State.  $350

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Rhode Island

Finley Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Finley.  “Rhode Island.”  From A New General Atlas.  Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1830.

Because of its small size, and the fact it is nestled between Connecticut and Massachusetts, maps of Rhode Island by itself are uncommon.  This is one of the best, by Anthony Finley from Philadelphia.  $150

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South Carolina

Tanner South Carolina 1844

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry S. Tanner.  “A New Map of South Carolina.”  From A New Universal Atlas.   Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1844.

A strong and beautifully crafted map of South Carolina from the nineteenth century by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner.  It is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, and political borders, as well as the fascinating depiction of the transportation routes.  $275

 

South Dakota

Rand, McNally & Co.'s South Dakota.

 

 

 

 

 

“Rand, McNally & Co.’s South Dakota.” Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1908.

This is a “pocket map” meant to be sold to travelers, and it folded into a booklet which contained an index to the railroad system, shippers’ guide and much else. And as explained on the cover of the booklet, “The Special Features of this Pocket Map are: Locating the Nearest Mailing Point of all Local Places; Designating Money Order Post Offices; Telegraph Stations; and Naming the Express Company Doing Business at the Points where the Several Companies have Offices.”  $125

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Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

“A New Map of Tennessee with its Roads & Distances.” Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1851.

This map is especially interesting in its depiction of the transportation network in the state, including stagecoach roads and railroads. A table at the bottom right lists the steamboat routes from Nashville to Pittsburgh and to New Orleans; an important bit of information in this period of increased immigration and travel in the American mid-west.  $175

 

Texas

Johnson's New Map of Texas 1861

 

 

 

 

 

“Johnson’s New Map of the State of Texas.”  New York: Johnson & Browning, 1861.

A detailed map of Texas at the beginning of the Civil War, one of the best larger maps of the state.  One of the interesting features is an indication of the “U.S. Mail Route” crossing the barren Bear County. $450

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Utah

Gray Utah

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Utah.” Philadelphia: O.W. Gray & Son, 1875.

From its creation as a territory in 1850, Utah was regularly diminished in size.  It got its present shape in 1868, about three decades before it became a state.  This is an early map to show Utah’s current borders, and it includes impressive detail of a region that was still not fully surveyed.  $150

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Vermont

Gray Vermont

“Vermont.” Philadelphia: O.W. Gray & Son, 1877.

Vermont is another state where it is difficult to find 19th century maps showing the state by itself (it fits into a rectangular shape so nicely with New Hampshire!).  This map by Philadelphia’s O.W. Gray & Son is a nice map of just the Green Mountain State.  $85



 
 

 

 

 

 

Virginia

Mitchell map of Virginia and West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

W.H. Gamble.  “County Map of Virginia and West Virginia.” From Mitchell’s New General Atlas.  Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1863.

This map shows what up to the year it was issued was the state of Virginia, but in 1863, what was now Virginia and West Virginia.  With Mitchell’s typical excellent detail and attractive appearance.  $125

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Washington

Rand McNally Washington 1909

 

 

 

 

 

“Washington.” From Rand-McNally Indexed Atlas. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1909.

An impressively detailed, large map of Washington.  Of note are the depictions of the railroads in the state at the beginning of the 20th century.  $75

 

West Virginia

Rand McNally West Virginia 1898

 

 

 

 

 

[West Virginia] From Indexed Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., [1898]-1899.

A large, attractive and detailed map of West Virginia on its own.  A nice early example by Rand, McNally & Co., demonstrating why they became the dominate mapmaker of the next century.  $125

 

Wisconsin

Tunison's Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Tunison’s Wisconsin.” Jacksonville, Illinois: H.C. Tunison, 1885.

With the development of wax-engraving, American map-publishing moved beyond the eastern seaboard cities.  One of the firms to produce attractive, brightly colored and detailed maps, was that of H.C. Tunison.  $45

 

Wyoming

People's Wyoming 1884

 

 

 

 

 

“Wyoming.”  From People’s Illustrated and Descriptive Family Atlas of the World.  Chicago: People’s Publishing Co., 1884.

This map, by the People’s Publishing Company, was produced by George Cram and it contains his usual level of detail.  Railroads, towns, Indian reservations and other information is clearly presented.  $75