Young’s Map of the United States
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S. AUGUSTUS MITCHELL, J. H. YOUNG.
Map of the United States. Entered according to Act of Congress in the Clerks Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, October 10th, 1831. [Philadelphia], 1831. Folding map on four sheets joined. Folding into original covers, 8vo (binding size: 9⅝ x 6½ in.), red half morocco over marbled paper boards, upper cover with gilt-lettered title label (corner and edges worn). The map and covers now apart and separately mounted for display.
First edition, and the first wall map issued by Mitchell. This edition does not have the counties delineated and numbered. Ristow mistakenly says all editions have the townships (he means counties) numbered, but this one, the first, does not, thereby eliminating the index of counties and thus showing more of the western territory. This map predates the Traveler’s Guide by 1 year, and thus is Mitchell’s first “original” production, as opposed to the Finley material he reissued as the American Atlas and Pocket Maps. Copyright date is October 10, 1831. There is no other date on the map. Ristow thinks the map was issued in early 1832, but it is not in Phillips until 1834 edition (which probably has the counties indicated by number and the 1831 copyright), so Ristow may not have seen this edition, but rather the 1834.
Karrow 1-1473; Ristow p309.
Original full color, the palette rich and bright. One 5-inch repaired tear at left (into Arkansas), some cracking and more minor tears at folds. Some overall browning of the sheet. In good condition.