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Carey: New Jersey
Mathew Carey. "New Jersey." From American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1796. 7 1/4 x 5 3/4. Engraving by A. Doolittle, New Haven. Wear and worm hole at center fold, else, very good condition. Cf. Wheat & Brun, 416. First state.

An excellent map of New Jersey from Carey's American Pocket Atlas of 1796. This is the first state of one of the very early American maps of New Jersey; the second state was issued by Mathew Carey in 1801. Unlike many other cartographers of the day, Carey updated his maps in subsequent versions, and this eighteenth century example illustrates how the 1796 printing did not have information on the roads. However, by 1801, this had changed and Carey added copious and clear delineations of the many of the roads that traversed the state. Philadelphia, Fort Mifflin and New Castle are the only locales on the west bank of the Delaware River. He would subsequently add towns in New Jersey. True to his patriotic mission, the scale of miles is given in "American Miles." Overall this is an excellent American map of the Garden State. $350

"New Jersey." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea., 1827. 11 1/2 x 9 1/8 (map); 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 (full sheet). Engraving by Kneass. Original hand color. Very good condition.

In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. This volume was based on Emmanuel Las Cases' Atlas Historique of 1803, with updated maps and text modified by Carey, a political economist. He considered himself an American foil to John Stuart Mill and the London economists who were proclaimers of "the gloomy science" influenced by Ricardo and Malthus. Instead of preaching overpopulation and degeneration of the human species, Carey illustrated the nations of the western hemisphere through maps that showed an expanding region with ample promise of developing into lands of great new opportunity and growth. The sheets from this atlas, which cover North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies, are comprised of an engraved map surrounded by text documenting the history, climate, population and so forth of the area depicted. The atlas is particularly known for its excellent early maps of the states and territories of the United States. This map of New Jersey is typical of his maps. Detail of the road system and towns is of particular interest, as is the text. Overall, a nice verbal and graphic picture of New Jersey. $475

"New Jersey." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1856. 16 x 13. Lithograph. Full original hand-coloring. Scattered light spots. Else, very good condition.

A Colton map of New Jersey, from the mid-1850s, showing the development of the transportation network in New Jersey and the surrounding region. $175

Hopkins 1860 NJ wall map
G. Morgan Hopkins. "Topographical map of the State of New Jersey together with the vicinities of New York and Philadelphia, and with most of the state of Delaware from the State Geological Survey and the U.S. Coast Survey, and from surveys by G. Morgan Hopkins, civil engineer." Philadelphia: H. G. Bond, 1860. Original hand color. Decorative grapevine border. Separately issued varnished wall map mounted to original canvas backing with original wood rollers. Various light patches in varnish as to be expected. Otherwise, very good condition. Snyder, J. P., Mapping of New Jersey, p. 105.

An impressive and wonderfully detailed wall map of New Jersey published just before the start of the Civil War. In 1854, William Kitchell was hired as State Geologist and he immediately commenced work to produce a large topographical wall map of the state. Work on the map was suspended two years later due to state financial problems and Kitchell was dismissed from his job. However, he was determined to complete this map. Kitchell lobbied the state for four years to allow him to publish the map privately which the state eventually allowed him to do in 1860. The result is one of the most important maps of New Jersey ever made.

The breadth and scope of this map is amazing. This map not only depicts the Garden State in great detail but it also includes the adjacent areas of Delaware Bay, parts of New York, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. The map contains many inset maps and vignettes of the following cities and towns: Paterson, Belvidere, Rahway, Morristown, Jersey City and Hoboken, Orange, Elizabeth, New Brunswick, Camden, Bordentown, Trenton, Newark, Salem, Burlington, Beverly, Newton, and Mount Holly, New Brunswick, Newark, the Delaware Water Gap, Paterson, Trenton, and Camden. Also depicted is a meteorological map of the state and a "Time Dial" where one could immediately calculate the time in any part of the state.

Only a few known examples of this map can be found in the collections of Chester Public Library, Princeton University, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, New York State Library, and the Fairleigh Dickinson University Library. Overall, a landmark in the mapping of the State of New Jersey. $6,000

Anderson 1870 NJ wall map
J.A. Anderson. "Map of the Rail Roads of New Jersey, and parts of Adjoining States. 1870." Copyrighted in New Jersey in 1869 [1870] by J.A. Anderson. Printed by "Jas. McGuigan, Lith. Philada." 21 1/2 x 16 (full sheet). Original light varnish rubbed. Backed on original linen. A few short tears. Tacked to the original antique top moulding and bottom spindle. Full margins. A lovely small wall map in its original format. Ref.: Phillips, MAPS, p. 491.

This fascinating, separately issued map focuses almost exclusively on the railroads of New Jersey by naming and drawing the lines with the names of stations with distances between these stations expressed in "miles and tenths." No wagon roads are designated and only major waterways are drawn. All of New Jersey is shown with large areas of northern Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and New York along the Hudson River.

At the bottom margin and to the left of the title area is a small merchant's label reading "Sheble, Smith & Co. / Successors to R. L. Barnes, / Map Publishers, 27 S. 6th. Sth., [sic.] Phila." Measuring a petite 1" x 1 1/2". A charming wall map. $850

Maps from Atlas of Hunterdon County, New Jersey: from recent and actual surveys and records under the superintendence of F. W. Beers. New York: Beers, Comstock & Cline, 1873. Lithographs. Original hand color. Very good condition.

"Map of the Railroads of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and Parts of Adjoining States, 1873, Prepared from Official data by J. A. Anderson." Philadelphia: J.L. Smith, 1873. 31 1/8 x 47. Lithography by James McGuigan. Separated into 32 sections and mounted on linen. Some separations along folds, including detached front and back covers. Otherwise very good condition.

This map shows the rail lines, and point-to-point distances of the lines, as they existed at the time of publication in all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, plus bordering portions of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and New York.

A lifelong resident of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, John Alexander Anderson (1829-1917) began railroad work at age 19 as a rodman on New Jersey's Belvidere Delaware Railroad, which ran north along the Delaware River from Trenton to Belvidere. By 1872, when that line was acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad, Anderson became the superintendent of that company's Belvidere Division. His chief interest was in train dispatching; he literally wrote the book on the subject, The Train Wire (1891). From 1886 until retirement in 1900 Anderson was superintendent of the company's Voluntary Relief Department.

In 1845, Edward Pinkerton, Thomas S. Wagner and James McGuigan established a lithography business in Philadelphia. Pinkerton soon left; Wagner & McGuigan operated as a partnership until 1858, when the two separated, each to his own establishment.

Upon the retirement of Rufus L. Barnes (1794-1868), who had been in the map trade in Philadelphia since the early 1830s, John L. Smith (1846-1921) succeeded to his map publishing business. $650

Northeastern Highlands from Geographical Survey of New Jersey, Atlas of New Jersey. New York: Julius Bien & Co., 1888. Approx. 34 1/2 x 24 3/4. Litho-tints. Backed on linen as issued. Ex-Libris of the Franklin Institute. Ink stamp of the institution in margin of image. Otherwise, very good condition. $110

Arbuckle New Jersey
"New Jersey." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1889. Ca. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

From a delightful series of maps issued by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company. This firm was founded by John and Charles Arbuckle of Pittsburgh, PA. They developed a machine to weigh, fill, seal and label coffee in paper packages, which allowed them to become the largest importer and seller of coffee in the world. Their most famous promotional program involved the issuing of several series of small, colorful trading cards, one of which was included in every package of Arbuckle's Coffee. These series included cards with sports, food, historic scenes, and--one of the most popular--maps. The latter cards included not only a map, but also small illustrations "which portrays the peculiarities of the industry, scenery, etc." of the region depicted. These cards are a delight, containing informative maps as well as wonderful scenes of the area mapped. $60

Rand McNally 1897 NJ folding map
"Rand McNally & Co.'s New Jersey." Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1897. Lithograph. 16 3/4 x 12 1/4. Expected wear at folds and remnant of folder from which it was detached on reverse. Else, very good condition.

This map appeared in a small folder labeled "The Rand-McNally Vest Pocket Map of New Jersey." The publisher was a Chicago company that helped shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west.

With inset maps of the vicinities of Camden and Jersey City, the map is thick with locations in the state, showing railroads which served them. There is a map key of chief cities, and a list with populations. On the reverse is a key to "Counties, Creeks, Islands, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers and Towns." $95

Fish & Game NJ folding map
Samuel R. Steward and John H. Wright. "Fish and Game Habits. Showing the general distribution of fish and Game - native, introduced and migratory in state of New Jersey." Trenton: Fish and Game Commission, ca. 1940. 38 x 21 1/4. Color printed lithograph. With folds as originally issued. Very good condition.

A wonderful pictorial map depicting all the various animals and fish of the state of New Jersey. The key in the upper left hand corner shows varies ecosystems and also symbols for the particular fish and game found in the state. On the verso is a copious amount of information on the Fish and Game Commission. $275


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