Tuesday, March 25, 2008

1854 Map Collection

We've got an interesting 19th century compilation of state maps and charts being offered for auction this week on Ebay. Low starting bid, no reserve!

"Maps and Views to Accompany Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress, at the Commencement of the Second Session of the Thirty-Third Congress.” Printed by A.O.P. Nicholson, Printer: 1854.

This is a bound copy of the various maps, charts and plans submitted to the second session of the 33rd Congress of the United States in 1854. It consists of 43 maps and folding plates of wildly varying sizes, from a map of California clocking in at 44"x21" to a plan of the "Triangular Reservation on Pennsylvania Avenue, between Twentieth and Twenty-first Streets West" at a mere 5"x9".

States include California, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Despite the ragged looking edges and some water stains, the maps are quite robust, with all folds intact.

You can see the complete description and more pictures by clicking here.

No comments: