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Pocket Map of Western Rivers—1846


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346.     [MAP]. MUNSON, Sam[ue]l B[ishop]. A New Map of the Western Rivers. Or Travellers Guide Exhibiting the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois Rivers, with all the Principal Towns, Islands & Distances. By Saml. B. Munson. 1846 [above upper neat line at left] Published by Geo. Conclin. Cincinnati [above upper neat line at right] Doolittle & Munson, Engravers. Cin. O. [table of distances along right margin with computations as far north as St. Anthony, south to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico, east to Pittsburgh and west to Fort Leavenworth] Distances from Pittsburg [sic] to the Mouth of the Ohio [below lower neat line] Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1842, by Saml. B. Munson, in the Clerk’s Office for the District Court of Ohio. Cincinnati, 1846. Lithograph map, original outline hand coloring of rivers, tributaries, and boundaries (yellow, green, blue, pink), neat line to neat line: 57.1 x 28.6 cm, overall sheet size: 61.4 x 29.8 cm, folded into original pocket folder, brown marbled paper over stiff boards, original yellow paper label on upper cover, title printed within ornate border: A New Map of the Western Rivers, or Traveller’s Guide. By Samuel B. Munson. Published by George Conclin, No. 39, Main Street, Cincinnati. A few clean splits and tiny voids with a minor loss at one fold (skillfully repaired), otherwise in fine condition, in original pocket folder and with strong, original color. Pastedown of pocket folder with library ink stamp and call number in pencil.

     The first edition of this map came out in 1842 (Streeter Sale 1378). A nation on the move and the rising western economy, which was dependent upon river transportation, made this map popular and long-lived, with succeeding editions recorded by Newberry in 1843, 1844, 1845 (Streeter Sale 1382), and 1851. All editions are very rare. Popular publisher George Conclin would subsequently expand the work into a guidebook with maps.

     Samuel Bishop Munson (1806-1880) began engraving in New Haven with S.S. Jocelyn, with whom he worked from 1830 to 1835. In 1836, he moved to Cincinnati, where he joined Doolittle in a bank note engraving firm. A view of Doolittle & Munson’s headquarters can be found in Charles Cist’s Cincinnati in 1841 (Cincinnati, 1841). Fielding, pp. 234 & 650. Doolittle & Munson created a large wall map in 1845—now very rare—titled New and Embellished Map of the United States (Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers, revised edition, Vol. I, p. 380). Doolittle & Munson also created the map that accompanies Stiff’s The Texan Emigrant. Popular Cincinnati publisher George Conclin’s firm published several icons of Western history, most notably Hastings’ Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon and California (1845).


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