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October 26, 2007

Early Appearance of Nauvoo, Illinois, on a Map

159. [MAP]. YOUNG, J[ames] H[amilton]. The Tourist’s Pocket Map of the State of Illinois Exhibiting its Internal Improvements Roads Distances &c. By J. H. Young Philadelphia: Published by S. Augustus Mitchell 1845. [bottom left below neat line] Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1834 by S. Augustus Mitchell in the Clerks office [of] the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. [lower right below neat line] Engraved by [illegible]. [inset lower left] Map of the Lead Mine Region East of the Mississippi River [table at left] Steam Boat Routes. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1845. Engraved map on bank note paper, original hand coloring, piano key border, border to border: 38 x 32 cm. Pocket map, folded into original blind embossed red roan covers (12.5 x 8 cm) embossed in gilt on upper cover: Mitchell’s Map of Illinois. Pasted to verso of upper cover is: Population of Illinois by Counties, in 1840. Covers moderately rubbed, map with a few small stains, some splitting at folds (a few minor losses), but overall very good.

            Later edition of a map first published in 1834, here with updates and additions. Map shows counties, towns, roads, streams, and surveyed sections. One significant such update as that the small town of Venus that appeared on previous editions has here been changed to Nauvoo, reflecting the fact that Mormon Joseph Smith had purchased most of the land in the area and changed the town name. The small village of Cairo, founded in 1837 and which would become an important river port, is also shown at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. ($600-1,200)

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