Map of the State of Michigan and the Surrounding Country.
1868 (dated) 31.5 x 23.5 in (80.01 x 59.69 cm)
1 : 785000
An attractive example of John Farmer's 1868 separate issue map of Michigan. This is an iconic map of Michigan and was published in many editions from 1844. Based upon county land office survey work, the map covers all of Michigan including the Upper Peninsula. It also includes most of Lake Michigan and the western half of Lake Huron. The Great Lakes are full of rhumb lines illustrating sailing directions between important points. In its day, this map was considered indispensable for emigrating to, doing business in, or simply traveling around Michigan.
Publication History and CensusThis map was popular and published in multiple editions between 1844 and 1873. It was initially copyrighted in 1844, with revised and updated copyrights appearing in 1849 and 1858. After this point is appears that the copyrights were not updated as regularly, but the map itself continued to be revised. It is not clear how many editions were issued, but the present example is the 23rd edition.
Despite their popularity at the time of publication, all of Farmer's work has today become scarce. The present example, published posthumously by his children, was issued in 1868 and is one of only two surviving examples of this issue.
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