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Long title: A New Map of Nth. Carolina with its Canals, Roads and Distances from place to place, along the Stage and Steam Boat Routes. Published 1855 in Pennsylvania, dated 1850 . Lithograph with original full wash hand colouring. Overall sheet size: 38.8cms x 32.6cms; image size: 360mm x 298mm including text. Characteristic green decorative border and pastel colouring. Inset bottom left quadrant entitled: Gold Region; at top of map is a table of distance,inset of Craven and Jones counties (showing the Neuse River) together with a ,’Profile of the Dismal Swamp Canal’. Explanation key to the left of the Title. Odd mark to the somewhat browned margins else very good condition.
Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. were a publishing company based in Philadelphia. They were part of the burgeoning atlas and map publishing in the early to mid-nineteenth century. They published many famous works, including Tanner’s New Universal Atlas. Their maps are notable for the decorative borders and fine, vivid original hand colouring.