United States: Eastern Portion. Map identifying slave slates. Alexander Keith Johnston.

United States: Eastern Portion. Map identifying slave slates.

Edinburgh, Scotland: A. K. Johnston, Ca. 1858 - 1862. Scarce pre-Civil War map of the United States, by the renowned Scottish cartographer and geographer, Alexander Johnston. World Cat locates only one copy, at the University of Texas, Arlington (OCLC: 694850616).

The map explicitly identifies the slave holding states. A printed note above the title identifies them as follows: "The Slave holding States are situated, generally, to the South of the rivers Potomac and Ohio, comprising Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, the district of Columbia, New Jersey, Delaware and Texas.

West of the Mississippi River, the map shows the following territories: Minnesota Territory (existed from 1849-58), Nebraska Territory (1854-67), Kansaz (sic) Territory (1854-61), Utah Territory (1850-96) and New Mexico Territory (1850-1912).

At the upper left is an inset map titled, "Sketch of the River Niagara". Text: "Notes from Mr. Lyell's paper on recession of the Falls of Niagara, Geolog. Soc. 18th Feb. 1842.".

Alexander Johnston (1804-1871), a noted Scottish cartographer, became interested in physical geography, and in 1848 published his magnificent 'Physical Atlas'; the second edition of the atlas illustrates the geology, botany, zoology, hydrography, meteorology, and ethnology of the globe.

Map shows existing and proposed railroad lines and canals, cities and towns, lighthouses, eastern states, and western territories. Includes legend and text on slavery, and notes. Inset: "Sketch of the River Niagara". In right upper margin: "National Atlas, 39."

24 1/2 x 20" on paper 25 3/4 x 21". Short splits at top and bottom center fold; a closed tear at bottom margin not affecting map. Very good condition. Item #24446

Price: $450.00

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