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HHFCW-MAP: MAPS, ATLASES & GAZETEERS    
by Fran Carter-Walker, 41 pages, 8.5" x 11 " Price ... $14.00

These valuable tools can help genealogists in dozens of ways IF they know how to use them. Learn how here! Each one of these aides to genealogical research helps us locate our ancestor in a special place at a special time. Further research can then be conducted in that place to assist us in learning more about where our ancestors went to church, went to school, shopped and lived their daily lives. Maps can help us locate the cemetery where that ancestor's body is probably located, atlases can help us determine the length of the trip to the courthouse and gazetteers can alert us to the naming of natural features of the land which may have been named after them.

HHJH-MAP1: MAPS, ATLASES AND GAZETTEERS  
by John Heisey, 32 pages, 8.5" x 11 " Price ... $12.00

How to use these geographic aids to solve genealogical problems. Plot migration routes, locate ancestral home sites, find obscure cemeteries, more.


EARLY AMERICAN MAPS
11"x 17" Maps of the early United States area in the post-Revolutionary period, individually printed for easy reference. 17 maps are available, drawn as they were in these early times.
Maps are sold INDIVIDUALLY, per state
.................. $2.00 each
 
HH-MP11-US United States
HH-MP11-CT Connecticut
HH-MP11-ME Maine
HH-MP11-NH New Hampshire
HH-MP11-RI Rhode Island
HH-MP11-VT Vermont
HH-MP11-MA Massachusetts
HH-MP11-NY New York
HH-MP11-KY Kentucky
HH-MP11-MD Maryland/Delaware
HH-MP11-PA Pennsylvania
HH-MP11-NJ New Jersey
HH-MP11-VA Virginia
HH-MP11-TN Tennessee
HH-MP11-NC North Carolina
HH-MP11-SC South Carolina
HH-MP11-GA Georgia


LARGE EARLY AMERICAN MAPS
These same maps are also available in approximately 17"x 22" size. Very suitable for framing. Printed in black on white on nice quality paper. Would be beautiful on the wall of the dining room, or den. Mark migration trails, indicate the location of your ancestor's farm or business to show your family where your ancestors REALLY came from.
Maps are sold INDIVIDUALLY, per state
. $4.00 each

 
HH-MP17-US United States
HH-MP17-CT Connecticut
HH-MP17-ME Maine
HH-MP17-NH New Hampshire
HH-MP17-RI Rhode Island
HH-MP17-VT Vermont
HH-MP17-MA Massachusetts
HH-MP17-NY New York
HH-MP17-KY Kentucky
HH-MP17-MD Maryland/Delaware
HH-MP17-PA Pennsylvania
HH-MP17-NJ New Jersey
HH-MP17-VA Virginia
HH-MP17-TN Tennessee
HH-MP17-NC North Carolina
HH-MP17-SC South Carolina
HH-MP17-GA Georgia


HH-USA-ATLS: EARLY AMERICAN ATLAS     
Published by Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, Indianapolis, IN.  17 Map Book, 15.00
Prepared with the researcher in mind, these 17 maps are bound on the 11" side for better viewing. Each map has on the page opposite, an index of the physical aspects of the map such as rivers, mountains, lakes, etc. The entire set is bound with a plastic comb binding for ease of use. When the book is open the map is directly across from the index for that page, so page turning and flipping is not necessary. These maps are of the early United States post-Revolutionary period.
 

Maps Included In Book
United States
Connecticut
Maine
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Vermont
Massachusetts
New York
Kentucky Maryland/Delaware
Pennsylvania
New Jersey
Virginia
Tennessee
North Carolina
South Carolina
Georgia


HH-AM40 AN INDEX TO "THE AMERICAN ATLAS 1796"     
Edited by David R. Thomas. 32 pp., wrappers. 1984.  $10.00
This publication lists every single name and physical or man-made feature on each of the 17 maps of the Early American Maps listed above.
 


<--Actual Map <--Blown Up Section


Maps by John Palmer

 

All of our maps are digitally printed in full color on 80 pound acid free paper and are authentic historic reproductions of original maps. They are protected by archival mylar sleeves.

Each map has been modified (enlarged or reduced in size) to fit our 11" x 14" mylar sleeves, ensuring standard sizes so that our customers can create their own personal atlases using our archival binders.

Each map has been carefully selected for its historic importance, color contrast and clarity of detail.

These maps have not been downloaded from other websites. We personally own an original copy of every map listed in our inventory. The original copies are not for sale.

Cordially,

John Palmer

Bavaria (Bayern) German Map 1889

YGGER01: GERMANY MAP 1:
Bavaria (Bayern) 1889
Price ... $9

 

This detailed color lithograph map comes from the 4th edition of Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. Eine encyklopadie des all gemenien Wissens. Meyers Conversation Lexicon - An Encyclopedia of General Knowledge), published by Hermann Julius Meyer in Leipzig, Germany and Wein (Vienna) Austria in 1889. It was printed in High German. The size has been modified to fit our 11" x 14" mylar archival sleeve protectors.


Elsass-Lothringer (Alsace-Lorraine) German Map 1892

YGGER02: GERMANY MAP 2:
Elsass-Lothringer (Alsace-Lorraine) 1892
Price ... $9

This detailed map comes from Meyers Kleiner Hand-Atlas. Mit Benützung des Kartenmaterials aus Meyers Konversations-Lexikon zusammengestellt, published by Julius Meyer in Liepzig, Germany and Wien, (Vienna) Austria in 1892. It was printed in High German. The size has been modified to fit our 11" x 14" mylar archival sleeve protectors.


Hannover German Map 1892

YGGER03: GERMANY MAP 3:
Hanover 1892
Price ... $9

This detailed map comes from Meyers Kleiner Hand-Atlas. Mit Benützung des Kartenmaterials aus Meyers Konversations-Lexikon zusammengestellt, published by Julius Meyer in Leipzig, Germany and Wien, (Vienna) Austria in 1892. It was printed in High German The size has been modified to fit our 11" x 14" mylar archival sleeve protectors.


Baden German Map 1892

YGGER04: GERMANY MAP 4:
Baden 1892
Price ... $9

This detailed map comes from Meyers Kleiner Hand-Atlas. Mit Benützung des Kartenmaterials aus Meyers Konversations-Lexikon zusammengestellt, published by Julius Meyer in Leipzig, Germany and Wien, (Vienna) Austria in 1892. It was printed in High German. The size has been modified to fit our 11" x 14" mylar archival sleeve protectors.


Hessen German Map 1892

YGGER05: GERMANY MAP 5:
Hessen 1892
Price ... $9

This detailed map comes from Meyers Kleiner Hand-Atlas. Mit Benützung des Kartenmaterials aus Meyers Konversations-Lexikon zusammengestellt, published by Julius Meyer in Leipzig, Germany and Wien, (Vienna) Austria in 1892. It was printed in High German. The size has been modified to fit our 11" x 14" mylar archival sleeve protectors.


Oldenburg German Map 1912

 

YGGER06: GERMANY MAP 6:
Oldenburg 1912
Price ... $9

This detailed color lithograph map comes from the 6th edition of Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. Eine encyklopadie des all gemenien Wissens. (Meyers Conversation Lexicon - An Encyclopedia of General Knowledge), published by Hermann Julius Meyer in Leipzig, Germany and Wein (Vienna) Austria in 1912. It was printed in High German. The original size of the map is 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" but this reprint was enlarged to accommodate our archival page protectors.


Pommern (Pomerania) German Map 1892

YGGER07: GERMANY MAP 7:
Pommern (Pomerania) 1892
Price ... $9

This detailed map comes from Meyers Kleiner Hand-Atlas. Mit Benützung des Kartenmaterials aus Meyers Konversations-Lexikon zusammengestellt, published by Julius Meyer in Leipzig, Germany and Wien, (Vienna) Austria in 1892. It was printed in High German. The size has been modified to fit our 11" x 14" mylar archival sleeve protectors


Rheinprovinz Germany Map 1897

YGGER08: GERMANY MAP 8:
Rheinprovinz Germany 1897
Price ... $9

This handsome map comes from the 5th edition of Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. Eine encyklopadie des all gemenien Wissens. (Meyers Conversation Lexicon - An Encyclopedia of General Knowledge), published by Hermann Julius Meyer in Leipzig and Wein Germany in 1897.

It was printed in High German.

The original size of the map is 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" but this reprint was enlarged to accommodate our archival page protectors.


Schleswig-Holstein German Map 1897

YGGER09: GERMANY MAP 9:
Schleswig-Holstein Germany 1897
Price ... $9

This detailed color lithograph map comes from the 5th edition of Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. Eine encyklopadie des all gemenien Wissens. (Meyers Conversation Lexicon - An Encyclopedia of General Knowledge), published by Hermann Julius Meyer in Leipzig and Wein (Vienna) Germany in 1897.

It was printed in High German.

The original size of the map is 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" but this reprint was enlarged to accommodate our archival page protectors.


Westfalen German Map 1897

YGGER10: GERMANY MAP 10:
Westfalen Germany 1897
Price ... $9

This handsome map comes from the 5th edition of Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. Eine encyklopadie des all gemenien Wissens. (Meyers Conversation Lexicon - An Encyclopedia of General Knowledge), published by Hermann Julius Meyer in Leipzig and Wein (Vienna) Germany in 1897.

It was printed in High German.

Because of the large size of the map, it was folded inside the book.

The original size of the map is 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" but this reprint was enlarged to accommodate our archival page protectors.


Wurttemberg German Map 1912

YGGER11: GERMANY MAP 11:
Wurttemberg Germany 1912
Price ... $9

This detailed color lithograph map comes from the 6th edition of Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. Eine encyklopadie des all gemenien Wissens. (Meyers Conversation Lexicon - An Encyclopedia of General Knowledge), published by Hermann Julius Meyer in Leipzig and Wein (Vienna) Germany in 1912.

It was printed in High German.

The original size of the map is 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" but this reprint was enlarged to accommodate our archival page protectors.


Northern Germany 1828

YGGER12: GERMANY MAP 12:
Northern Germany, 1828
11" x 14", Price ... $9

 

Southern Germany 1828

YGGER13: GERMANY MAP 13: Southern Germany, 1828
11" x 14", Price ... $9

Both of the maps above were produced by the Arrowsmith Map Company in 1828. Aaron Arrowsmith was born on July 15, 1750, in Durham, England. He moved to London around 1770 and around 1780 found employment with the firm of John Cary, an already established engraver and cartographer. His 1796 maps of North America and 1807 maps of Scotland are considered his best works. Shortly after 1800, Arrowsmith joined with an American partner, and in 1804 they produced their first atlas. Arrowsmith's maps were known for their accuracy and were an important resource for planning Lewis and Clark's journey. His reputation as a cartographer and engraver earned him the position of Hydrographer to His Majesty. He was also a founder of the Royal Geographical Society. He died in 1833, but his company was continued by his sons and nephew.


Germany 1840

YGGER14: GERMANY MAP 14: Germany, 1840
Price ... $9


This decorative map is a fine example of Henry Tanner, one of America's finest cartographers. It was taken from Tanner's Universal Atlas. The original map is 10 5/8" x 9 1/4". This reprint was slightly modified to accommodate our archival page protectors.

 

Henry Tanner Maps: Henry Schenck Tanner is considered one of America's greatest cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Henry was born in New York City in 1786. He moved to Philadelphia in 1810 to join his older brother, Benjamin, who was an established engraver trained by Peter Maverick, one of New York City's earliest engravers. Henry worked as Benjamin's apprentice and engraved for John Melish, one of Philadelphia's earliest cartographers. In 1816, Henry and Benjamin joined with John Vallance and Frances Kearny to form the engraving firm of Tanner, Vallence, Kearny and Co. Henry may have conceived the idea of creating an American atlas when he worked for Melish. The work was begun in 1819 by the firm of Tanner, Vallence, Kearny and Co. Henry eventually took over the project. The first "edition" of Henry Tanner's American Atlas was published in five folios between 1819 and 1823. The first 1819 folio contained no North American maps. The first North American maps appeared in the second folio, which was released in late 1819. The American Atlas was considered to be "one of the most magnificent atlases ever published of the United States" and was a huge success. His success inspired Tanner to produce his Universal Atlas. This atlas contained excellent maps of each state, focusing on the transportation network, including roads, railroads and canals. All details are clearly presented, and these include towns, rivers, mountains, political boundaries and the transportation information. In 1841 Carey and Hart issued an edition of the Tanner Universal Atlas, and later the maps were purchased by Samuel Augustus Mitchell and then Thomas Cowperthwait and Company. Tanner died in 1856.


Germany 1869

YGGER15: GERMANY MAP 15: Minor States of Germany, 1869
Price ... $9

This beautifully hand-colored map of the Minor States
of Germany was published by George Philip and Son in London around 1869. It has been slightly modified in size to accommodate our 11" x 14" mylar archival sleeve protectors.

 

 

 


Germany 1886

YGGER16: GERMANY MAP 16: Germany, 1886
Price ... $9

This beautiful map comes from George F. Cram's Unrivaled Family Atlas of the World, published in 1886 by the George F. Cram Company, Inc. George Franklin Cram was born on May 28, 1842, and served in the Civil War including Sherman's "March to the Sea." On March 18, 1867, Cram and his uncle, Rufus Blanchard, founded the company of Blanchard & Cram in Evanston, Illinois. The company manufactured and sold maps and atlases. In March of 1869, George formed the George F. Cram Company and moved the company to Chicago. His company was a supply house for traveling book salesmen. In October of 1871, after the Great Chicago Fire, the George F. Cram Company was rebuilt and renamed The Cram Map Depot. This company sold maps and atlases. In 1875 the company started to publish a wide variety of atlases, including the popular Unrivaled Atlas of the World series, which was continuously in print from the 1880s to 1952. In May of 1921, George F. Cram retired and sold his company to one of its largest customers, E. A. Peterson, of the National Map Company. National Map (had previously been named the Scarborough Company at its location in Boston) had been started in 1882. The companies were combined at 32 East Georgia Street in Indianapolis. George F. Cram died on March 24, 1928. The company is still in business in Indianapolis, under his name.


Germany 1890

YGGER17: GERMANY MAP 17: Empire of Germany, (Northern Portion) and the Kingdom of Prussia.
ca. 1880 - 1890
Price ... $9

This very detailed map shows the Kingdom of Prussia. Bornholm and Helgoland are also shown. It was published by William McKenzie of London, England, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland sometime between 1880 and 1890. The date was established through correlation of the dates for the work of the publisher, artist and/or engraver. The original size of the map is 12 ½" x 9 2/3". This reprint has been modified in size to accommodate our 11" x 14" archival page protectors.


Germany 1890

YGGER18: GERMANY MAP 18: Western Germany, 1904 Price ... $9

This beautifully detailed map is taken from the 1904 edition of the Encyclopedia Americana, published by the Americana Company. It has been modified in size to accommodate our 11" x 14" archival page protectors.

 

 

 

 


Ireland Map 1855YG1IRE: MAP 1IRE:
Ireland 1855
Price ... $9

John H. Colton

The advent of the use of lithography for mapmaking led to development of a strong cartographic industry in New York City. One of the important firms responsible for this was the J.H. Colton firm, who issued this fine map in their atlas of 1855. The precise detail and soft hand color of this map are typical of lithographed state maps of the second half of the nineteenth century.


Scotland Map 1855

YG1SCT: MAP 1SCT:
Scotland 1855
Price ... $9

John H. Colton

The advent of the use of lithography for mapmaking led to development of a strong cartographic industry in New York City. One of the important firms responsible for this was the J.H. Colton firm, who issued this fine map in their atlas of 1855. The precise detail and soft hand color of this map are typical of lithographed state maps of the second half of the nineteenth century.


Kentucky Map 1824

YG1KTY: MAP 1KTY:
MAP OF KENTUCKY 1824
Price ... $9

This striking map of the state comes from Anthony Finley's General Atlas, published in 1824. This hand colored map shows counties, towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features. A number of counties have not yet been established.

Not much is known about Finley, but it is known that he produced atlases as early as 1818 and employed talented Philadelphia engravers such as H. S.Tanner, J. Vallance, and J. Thackara. Their work is considered to have been remarkable for their distinctiveness and elegance. The period 1820 to 1840 is considered the Golden Age of American cartography. During this period copper plate engraving accompanied by hand coloring reached its zenith.

The original map is 11" x 9" but this reprint was slightly modified to accommodate our archival page protectors.


Kentucky Map 1828

YG2KTY: MAP 2KTY:
MAP OF KENTUCKY 1828
Price ... $9

This striking map of the state comes from Anthony Finley's General Atlas, published in 1828. This hand colored map shows counties, towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features. A number of counties have not yet been established.

Not much is known about Finley, but it is known that he produced atlases as early as 1818 and employed talented Philadelphia engravers such as H. S. Tanner, J. Vallance, and J. Thackara. Their work is considered to have been remarkable for their distinctiveness and elegance. The period 1820 to 1840 is considered the Golden Age of American cartography. During this period copper plate engraving accompanied by hand coloring reached its zenith.

The original map is 11" x 9" but this reprint was slightly modified to accommodate our archival page protectors.


Kentucky Map 1838

YG3KTY: MAP 3KTY:
MAP OF KENTUCKY 1838
Price ... $9

Thomas Gamaliel Bradford was born in 1802 and died in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1887.

Before venturing into the map publishing business, he had been an assistant editor of the American Encyclopedia.

His first atlas, Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgement of Universal Geography, Modern and Ancient, was published in Boston in.1835 and was an abridgement of a French atlas. Later that year, he also published A Comprehensive Atlas Geographical, Historical and Commercial.

His final atlas, An Illustrated Atlas, Geological, Statistical, and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries, was published in 1838. This edition was larger and has become more scarce than his earlier atlas.

This hand colored map was engraved by G. W. Boynton and published in Boston by T. G. Bradford in 1838. It was taken from the scarce large edition of Bradford's An Illustrated Atlas, Geological, Statistical, and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries .

The original size of this map was 14" x 11.5" but this reprint was slightly reduced in size to accommodate our archival page protectors.


Kentucky Map 1850

YG4KTY: MAP 4KTY:
A New Map of Kentucky with Its Canals, Roads, Distances from Place to Place, Along the Stage and Steam Boat Routes 1850.
Price ... $9

This exceptional map was produced in 1850 by Thomas Cowperthwait and Company. The original size was 14" x 11.5" but this reprint was slightly reduced in size to accommodate our archival page protectors.

This detailed and interesting map was hand colored by county and shows towns, rivers, lakes, railroads, roads, distances, forts, etc. Tables of Steam Boat routes and distances are also shown. There is a large insert of the area around Lexington, the Washington and Clarksburg area and the Falls of Ohio, including Jeffersonville, Louisville, Shippingport and Portland


Ohio Map 1828

YG1OHO: MAP 1OHO:
MAP OF OHIO 1828
Price ... $9

This striking map of the state comes from Anthony Finley's General Atlas, colored by counties and showing towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features.

Not much is known about Finley, but it is known that he produced atlases as early as1818 and employed talented Philadelphia engravers such as H. S. Tanner, J. Vallance, and J. Thackara. Their work is considered to have been remarkable for their distinctiveness and elegance. The period 1820 to 1840 is considered the Golden Age of American cartography. During this period copper plate engraving accompanied by hand coloring reached its zenith.

The original map is 11" x 9" but this reprint was slightly modified to accommodate our archival page protectors.


Pennsylvania Map 1828

YG1PEN: MAP 1PEN:
PENNSYLVANIA 1828
Price ... $9

This striking map of the state comes from Anthony Finley's General Atlas, published in 1828. This hand colored map shows counties, towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features. A number of counties have not yet been established.

Not much is known about Anthony Finley, but it is known that he produced atlases as early as 1818 and employed talented Philadelphia engravers such as H. S. Tanner, J. Vallance, and J. Thackara. Their work is considered to have been remarkable for their distinctiveness and elegance.

The period 1820 to 1840 is considered the Golden Age of American cartography. During this period copper plate engraving accompanied by hand coloring reached its zenith.


1822 Indiana Map

YG1IND: INDIANA MAP 1:
INDIANA MAP - 1822
Price ... $9

Geographical, Statistical, and Historical Map of Indiana-1822

This hand colored engraving was published by Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea in 1822. It was taken from their A Complete Historical, Chronological and Geographical American Atlas published in Philadelphia. The original map is 16 5/8" x 20 3/4" and contains text as well as the maps.

The sheets of this atlas covered North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies. The text surrounding describes the boundaries, climate, rivers, chief towns and provides a historical "sketch" of each state or area.

Fielding Lucas, Jr., an important Baltimore cartographer, drew the maps and J. H. Young and Delleker engraved it.

Indiana became a state in April 1816. The earliest extensive settlement came from the south, along the Ohio River, so the information in the southern part of the state is more detailed and shows towns and roads.

In the upper quarter of this map is a large section of land that was reserved for Indians. Below that are the large Wabash and Delaware counties along with smaller counties all along the southern and eastern portions of the state.

The text was not included in this reproduction and the map was slightly modified in size to accommodate our archival page protectors.


1824  Indiana Map

YG2IND: INDIANA MAP 2:
MAP OF INDIANA - 1824
Price ... $9

This striking map of the state comes from Anthony Finley's General Atlas, published in 1824. This hand-colored map shows counties, towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features. A number of counties have not yet been established.

Not much is known about Finley, but it is known that he produced atlases as early as 1818 and employed talented Philadelphia engravers such as H. S. Tanner, J. Vallance and J. Thackara. Their work is considered to have been remarkable for their distinctiveness and elegance.

The period 1820 to 1840 is considered the Golden Age of American cartography. During this period, copper plate engraving accompanied by hand coloring reached its zenith.
The original map is 11" x 9" but this reprint was slightly modified to accommodate our archival page protectors.


1832 Indiana Map

YG3IND: INDIANA MAP 3:
INDIANA - 1832
Price ... $9

This wonderful map is the first to show both St. Joseph and Elkhart counties, which were established in 1830, in northern Indiana.

Most of Indiana was developed from the southern end of the state, showing the strong influence of Kentucky, Virginia and southern Ohio pioneers.

However, both St. Joseph and Elkhart counties were developed by pioneers from New England, New York, Pennsylvania and the northern part of Ohio. Pioneers followed the Erie Canal as far as Ohio, then either continued on land to Toledo and Vistula, Ohio, or took lake passage for Detroit, Michigan. Many followed the Detroit to Chicago Road (commonly known as the Chicago Road) and dropped off at convenient places in Indiana. Both the Vistula Road and the Chicago Road crossed the St. Joseph River, which began in Hillsdale, Michigan and emptied into Lake Michigan at what later became the towns of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan. In the early days most of the river was easily navigable by paddleboats.

This maps comes from Anthony Finley's A New General Atlas, Comprising a Complete Set of maps, representing the Grand Divisions of the Globe, Together with the several Empires, Kingdoms, and States in the World; Compiled from the Best Authorities, and corrected by the Most Recent Discoveries, published in Philadelphia in 1832. The engraving was done by Young and Delleker.

Not much is known about Anthony Finley, but it is known that he produced atlases as early as 1818 and employed talented Philadelphia engravers such as Henry S. Tanner, J. Vallance and J. Thackara. Their work is considered to have been remarkable for their distinctiveness and elegance.

The period 1820 to 1840 is considered the Golden Age of American cartography. During this period, copper plate engraving accompanied by hand coloring reached its zenith.


1840 Indiana Map

YG4IND: INDIANA MAP 4:
MAP OF INDIANA - 1840
Price ... $9

This hand colored map was engraved by Jeremiah Greenleaf of Vermont and taken from Greenleaf's A New Universal Atlas; Comprising Separate maps of All the Principal Empires, Kingdoms, & States Throughout the World and Forming a Distinct Atlas of the United States...A New Edition Revised and Corrected to the Present Time printed in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1840 by G. R. French. The original size of this map was 12 5/8" x 10 3/4", but this reprint was slightly modified to accommodate our archival page protectors.

Greenleaf was born in 1791 and died in 1864.

Greenleaf obtained the publishing rights to the New Universal Atlas from David Burr (1803 - 1875), who published several atlases between 1830 and 1850. Burr was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1803 and moved to Kingsboro, New York, while still in his teens. His interest in law and his association with Governor Clinton gave him responsibilities as the head of one of the three surveying parties who surveyed the State of New York in 1825.

Burr put out his first Atlas of the State of New York in 1830 and was planning to publish a New Universal Atlas; Comprising Separate Maps of All the Principal Empires, Kingdoms & States Throughout the World. And Forming a Distinct Atlas of the United States Carefully Compiled from the Best Authorities Extant by David H. Burr when he accepted the position of topographer for the United States Post Office Department. His maps were engraved by Thomas Illman and Edward Pillbrow and they took over the responsibility for finishing the publication. The atlas was published in 1835 by D. S. Stone of New York City. Greenleaf's atlas came out in 1840; it was probably a revision of David H. Burr's 1836 Universal Atlas.


1843 Indiana Map

YG5IND: INDIANA MAP 5:
MAP OF INDIANA - 1843
Price ... $9

This hand colored map was engraved by Sidney B. Morse and published in 1843 by Harper and Brothers in New York. It was taken from Morse's North American Atlas by Sidney Morse and Samuel Breese. Railroad lines both existing and proposed are shown.

The original size of this maps is 14 1/8" x 11" but this reprint was modified in order to accommodate our archival page protector.

Sidney Morse

Sidney Edwards Morse (1794 - 1871) was the son of the Reverend Jedidiah Morse and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Breese, and a younger brother of Samuel F. B. Morse (inventor of the telegraph). Jedidiah Morse had a strong interest in geography, and published several textbooks on geography which sold well and earned him the title of "Father of American Geography."

Sidney Morse, Henry A. Munson and Samuel Breese patented wax engraving in the United States. They called this fine technique "cerography" and began using it in 1839. This process allowed line and text to be combined in the same image and was one of the first attempts to find an alternative to expensive metal plate engraving for American maps.

Unlike engraving or lithography, which demanded the laborious drawing of a negative image, cerography allowed the image to be drawn directly. The positive image is drawn onto a wax-covered plate that is then used as a mold from which a master printing plate is cast by an electroplating process. Images could be easily cut into the soft wax layer using very little pressure.

In the early maps of Sidney Morse, lettering was hand engraved. Later, type was done by stamping into the wax with commercially produced tools. Type as small as three points could be used to hold a tremendous amount of information in a small amount of space.

With his brother, Samuel F. B. Morse, he constructed and patented a flexible piston pump, and later he invented the bathymeter, an instrument for exploring the depths of the sea.

He was also a prominent journalist in New York and with his brother Richard founded the New York Observer, the oldest religious newspaper in the state of New York.

Morse and Breese tried to keep the cerography process secret, but it became widely used in mapmaking, especially after Rand, McNally began using wax engraving in 1872.

Wax engraving remained an important map-printing technique until the mid-twentieth century.


1850 Indiana Map

YG6IND: INDIANA MAP 6:
MAP OF INDIANA - 1850
Price ... $9

This map is dated 1850 and comes from A New Universal Atlas of the World published by Thomas Cowperthwait and Co. in 1854.

The original size of the map is 14" x 17" but this reprint was slightly modified to accommodate our archival page protectors.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a map worth? Locating where our ancestors lived is often very important in order to explain why they lived the way they lived. Mountain people live differently than plains people, and city people live differently than country people. The where helps tell us much about what they did in their daily lives. Maps hold answers to our ancestry! Once we know the when and the where, the who of our ancestry becomes simpler to figure out. It colored many of their major decisions and led them to migrate in certain ways.

One more map to go. Do NOT stop now!

1877 Indiana Map

YG7IND: INDIANA MAP 7:
MAP OF INDIANA - 1877
Price ... $9

This full color map was copyrighted by Harper and Brothers in 1877 and appeared in Harper's School Geography with Maps and Illustrations Prepared Expressly for this Work by Eminent American Artists. This work was published in 1878.

In March 1817 John and James Harper founded Harper Brothers, a small printing firm in New York. In 1825 their brothers Joseph and Fletcher joined the company. In 1833 the company name was changed to Harper and Brothers.

The company soon became the largest book publisher in the United States, publishing both fiction and non-fiction. Their authors included Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, Mark Twain and Henry James. Early in their career, Harper and Brothers began to publish maps and atlases, using well-established engravers, such as Alexander G. Findlay (not to be confused with Anthony Finley).

Their success as book publishers encouraged them to launch their own magazine, Harper's Monthly, in 1850. In 1857 the magazine became Harper's Weekly.


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