“A New Map of Arkansas with its Canals, Roads & Distances.” Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1850. 14 1/2 x 11 7/8. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition.
A strong, beautifully crafted map of Arkansas from the mid-nineteenth century, published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. This firm took over the publication of S. Augustus Mitchell’s important Universal Atlas in 1850, and they continued to produce up-dated maps that were amongst the best issued in the period. This map shows Arkansas at an interesting period in its history. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, and political borders. The Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. maps are especially known for their depiction of the transportation routes of the states, and this map is no exception. The transportation infrastructure was extremely important at this period of increased immigration and travel in the American south, and the roads and canals of the state are clearly depicted. Three tables at the top list the steamboat routes from Little Rock to New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Fort Gibson.