“A New Map of Indiana with its Roads & Distances.” Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1851. 11 1/2 x 13 3/4. Engraving. Full original hand color. Very good condition.
An original antique maps map of Indiana 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 among the best issued in the period. This map shows Indiana as a well developed state at mid-century. It is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, marshes, towns, and county borders. This firm’s 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 mid-west. This information is clearly depicted, including railroads, canals and roads. At the top left is a table showing distances along steamboat routes from Louisville to Pittsburgh and Louisville to New Orleans. To the right is a profile of the Wabash and Erie Canal. The map has a rather striking appearance, with warm hand coloring, that well compliments the clear presentation. For its fascinating detail and decorative appeal, this is an excellent Indiana document.