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October 26, 2007

1855 Pocket Map of Wisconsin

79. [MAP]. CHAPMAN, Silas. Wisconsin a Sectional Map with the Most Recent Surveys. Published by Silas Chapman. Milwaukee, Wisc. 1855. Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1853 by S. Chapman in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the State of Wisconsin. Lith. of F. Mayer & Co., 96 Fulton St., N.Y. Milwaukee: Silas Chapman, 1855. Lithograph map with original outline color, neat line to neat line: 54 x 77 cm. Pocket map folded into original green cloth covers (13.4 x 9 cm) with printed paper label: Chapman’s Sectional Map of Wisconsin. 1855. Published by S. Chapman, Milwaukee. Pastedown on verso of front cover is an ad for Chapman: Silas Chapman, Milwaukee, Publishes the following Valuable Works. Light wear and a few spots to pocket covers, map very fine.

            Later edition of a map first published in 1853 (Phillips, America, p. 1077; Rumsey 138). A highly detailed map showing counties, surveyed sections, townships, rivers, streams, and settlements. At this point, settlement and development is slowly seeping into the area from the south and east. Only one completely sectioned township is shown (in Dane County), and that may be a mere example, although the present-day capital, Madison, is shown just to its south. Silas Chapman created maps of the Midwest from the early 1840s through the 1870s, including pocket and wall maps of Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. A version of this map appeared in Chapman’s A Hand Book of Wisconsin (1855). ($500-1,000)

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