1838 Bradford Map of Virginia


1838 Bradford Map of Virginia


Sunning early American mapping of Virginia.

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  1838 (dated)    11.5 x 15 in (29.21 x 38.1 cm)


A fine example of T. G. Bradford's c. 1838 map of Virginia. This map covers all of what is today Virginia and West Virginia as well as the entire Chesapeake Bay and adjacent parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania North Carolina and Maryland. Cartographically sophisticated Bradford's map incorporates political and topographical data, naming cities, towns, rail lines, mountains, swamps, and rivers. Color coding at the county Level. Though dated 1838, this map is most likely from the 1841 edition of Bradford's Atlas. Exhibits fine coloration as well as G. W. Boynton's fine and elegant engraving.


Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1802-1887) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as an assistant editor for the America Encyclopedia. Bradford's first major cartographic work was his revision and subsequent republishing of an important French geography by Adrian Balbi, published in America as Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgement of Universal Geography, Modern & Ancient. Afterwards Bradford revised and expanded this work into his own important contributions to American cartography, the 1838 "An Illustrated Atlas Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries. In his long career as a map publisher Bradford worked with Ticknor of Boston, Freeman Hunt & Company of New York, De Silver of Philadelphia, Hinton, Boynton, and others.


Bradford, T., A General Atlas Of The World, With A Separate Map Of Each Of The United States Of America., 1841.    


Very good condition. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 4453.027. Phillips (Atlases) 6092-29.