“MICHIGAN” Massachusetts: Thomas Gamaliel Bradford, c. 1838 (dated lower margin). Reference Phillips Atlases #1381. (Image: 14 ¼ x 11 1/8 ‘’)
Very fine & beautifully engraved map with original hand-coloring. Engraved by G. W. Boynton (owner of an engraving company in Boston 1830’s - 40’s). From An Illustrated Atlas, Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries by T. G. Bradford.
This exceptionally handsome 1838 map is one of the earliest maps of the state of Michigan. It depicts the new state of Michigan (statehood 1837) with the counties named and in contrasting pastel colors. Topographical features are shown with various land routes, water routes, cities and towns identified.
The inset, upper right, depicts the “Northwest Part of Michigan”. A very interesting and very scarce view of the region as it existed in the early 19th century.