Thomas G. Bradford. “Missouri.” From A Universal Illustrated Atlas. Boston: Charles D. Strong., -1842. 11 3/8 x 14 1/4. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Very good condition.
An engraved map by Thomas G. Bradford, a Boston map publisher, showing Missouri at the beginning of the fourth decade of the nineteenth century. The map was first drawn and issued by Thomas Bradford in 1838 and here reissued four years later. Detail is very good, showing towns, counties, and the myriad rivers throughout the state. Missouri was in a period of great development, with most of this based on the traffic along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. This can be seen by the number of settlements along these rivers, which the interior parts are shown relatively undeveloped. Also of interest is that this is one of the earliest maps to show the Platte Purchase (1837), which extended the state to the Missouri River in the northwest. The whole is attractively presented with strong, original hand-color, and precise engraving.