Thomas Cowperthwait Missouri 1853


“Map of the State of Missouri.”  Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co, 1853.  13 x 15 7/8. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate.  Original hand-coloring.  Some chipping in top margin at left, not touching image.  Very good condition.

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A strong and beautifully crafted map of Iowa 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 Iowa at an interesting time in its development.  Topographical information is copiously presented, but it is the settlement and development of the state that is particularly interesting.  This is a period when Missouri was beginning to grow rapidly, and the cities and small towns are shown clearly.  Also of interest is the road system that is depicted crisscrossing the state in increasing complexity.  The counties are shaded with contrasting pastel colors, giving the map an attractive appearance.  A fine early American cartographic document of the state.