Offered is an exceedingly rare pocket issue map of the states of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin, with parts of Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas. Printed in 1857 by Silas Chapman and his successors, Dyer & Pasmore. This rare map depicts the region in considerable detail with reference to both political and geographic features, as well as to railroads, canals, and river crossings. Several American Indian reservations are laid down including the Chippewa, Menominee and Oneida. The north is, in general, largely oversized and empty of settlement. Stored flat but folds into original 16mo gilt and green linen binder. Dated and copyrighted, 'Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year of 1857 by Jos. Hamilton in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the State of Wisconsin.'
Silas Chapman (June 9, 1813 - December 14, 1899) was active publisher of Midwest maps from roughly 1850 to the mid-1870s. Chapman was born in Southampton, Massachusetts and as a young Man attended New York University. In 1841 he moved to Prairieville (Waukesha) Wisconsin where he worked in academia as a local principle then as a schoolmaster in Milwaukee. Around 1843 his turned his attentions to publishing and briefly partnered with printer Philetus C. Hale until striking out independently in 1850. It was in this period - post 1850 - that his most important maps were published. From roughly 1850 to 1870, Chapman published a series of important wall and pocket format maps of the Midwest focusing specifically on the states of Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. Upon his retirement the Chapman firm was acquired by Dyer and Pasmore, who continued to update and republish his maps into the 1880s.
Very good gondition. Light age toning. Minor repairs and reinforcement on some original folds. Removed from green linen binder (included) for framing purposes. Blank on verso.