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Virginia with its Canals, Roads & Distances from place to place along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes (with an inset illustration of the Profile of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal)

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We are privileged to offer this map of Virginia (with an inset illustration of the Profile of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal), issued as part of S. Augustus Mitchells New Universal Atlas of 1851. Mitchell, one of America’s premier mapmakers, published this atlas from 1846-1849. In 1850, Thomas, Cowperthwait and Co. purchased the copyright for this atlas. He enlarged the atlas to include more maps and also added the new features of a chromolithographed title page and contents page. The lithographed maps issued by Cowperthwait and Co. are what we consider the finest maps produced in this era of mapmaking. One of the reasons that these maps by Cowperthwait are exceptionally difficult to find is because of their short period of publication from 1850-1854. The copyrights on some of these maps show Mitchell or Cowperthwait’s name. This is a highly attractive, early map of unsplit Virginia. This map is unique because of the inset map at the top right that shows a very detailed profile of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. The table at the bottom lists Steamboat Routes – Richmond to Norfolk, Richmond to Washington, Richmond to Baltimore, Wheeling to Pittsburgh, and Wheeling to Cincinnati. ‘

Size: 14.25 x 11.5 inches
Condition: Very Good
Map Maker: Thomas, Cowperthwait and Co.
Coloring: Lithography with Hand Color
Year: 1851

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