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A Separately Issued Edition of This Scarce Map of Michigan

15. H. R. Page. “Map of Michigan Compiled from the Latest Authentic Sources” (Chicago: H. R. Page & Company, 1880). Lithographed folding pocket map on bank note paper with bright original full hand color. 36 5/8 x 23 5/8" at neat line. Sheet size: 38 x 25". Insets in the u. r. corner show Isle Royale and the western half of the Upper Peninsula. With the original 12mo brown cloth covers with gilt-stamped title. Booklet includes an 11-page index of towns. Page & Company ad on the front paste-down. Covers are a bit worn. Map has a couple of lightly toned folds. Some minor losses along a top horizontal fold. Overall, fine.

Price: Sold.

This exceedingly scarce map is a highly detailed and richly colored record of Michigan in the late nineteenth century. The map features counties outlined in red and townships delineated by alternating colors. The map presents an accurate and fascinating view of the region in the 1880s when railroads were transforming the upper Midwest with an increased flow of goods and services as well as immigrants. The map indicates the progress of western settlement by showing counties with varying amounts of information depending on the stage of development in the area.

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Travelers’ maps, immigrants’ maps, and county survey maps were understandably in high demand during the last half of the nineteenth century, and the present is an exceptional example. The map offers a wealth of information on all aspects of the state, including a detailed inset of the western portion of the Upper Peninsula, which at this date shows little in the way of settlement. The railroad has just barely made an inroad “above the Bridge.” One rail line extends north to L’Anse on Keweenaw Bay and a short line connects Hancock and Torch Lake via Calumet. Throughout the rest of the state, the map meticulously plots railroad lines, towns, villages, rivers, and lakes. Railroad hubs stand out—in particular, Lansing, Detroit, and Chicago, visible at the westernmost edge of the map—documenting their rise as important urban centers.

The pocket format of this sectional map provided both the traveler and the resident of Michigan with the most up-to-date and portable information possible, especially regarding transportation in and around the state. The example offered here is in remarkably good condition considering the way in which it would have been used. The original color is especially handsome.

This is a large and impressive folding map of Michigan, now very scarce and quite desirable.

Ref.: Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, pp. 427, 434, 443.

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