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Gallery: List 104 Illinois Bicentennial & the Midwest


Maps and prints in this list cover Illinois' history from homeland of its namesake Illini and other Native American tribes up to the Civil War era. Maps of other Midwestern states are also featured.

The Illinois Country was claimed by La Salle for Louis XIV in 1682. It was administered from Quebec until 1717 when jurisdiction transferred to "La Louisinae,"and was ceded to Britain in 1763 which in turn ceded it to the United States after the Revolution. It was part of the Northwest Territory (1787), became its own Territory in 1809, and finally achieved statehood in December, 1818. Read more about it: David Buisseret, Historic Illinois from the Air; Gerald A. Danzer, Illinois: A History in Pictures; Mark Stein, How the States Got Their Shapes

Click to enlarge  1. Gentleman's Magazine, A Map of the British Plantations, extending from Boston...including all the back Settlements... London, 1754. 8 x 10. Col. VG. A decorative map engraved by Bowen; extends to the Mississippi River, naming Illinois and locating tribes and forts. The cartouche features two native Americans. $600.00 [details]

Below are two plates from Carver's Travels Through the Interior Parts of America..., London, 1778. Each approximately 4 x 6, BW, VG condition save a few small red spots in outer margins. Each depicts family groups in the "noble savage" style.

Click to enlarge  2. [Sioux] A Man & Woman of the Naudowessie, the French spelling of the Ojibawa word for "snake" the name used by that tribe to describe their hereditary enemies, the Sioux. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  3. [Fox] A Man and Woman of the Ottigaumies (Outagami). Driven west during the Huron-Iroquois Wars, the Fox inhabited parts of Michigan, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  4. Gordon, A New Map of the States... New York, 1789. 10 x 15. Outline color. Light impression else VG. "Illinois Country" is part of the Western Territory, and a corn stalk adorns the cartouche. Key identifies Indian villages, forts. McCorkle, New England... 789.9; Sellers & Van Ee 187; Wheat & Brun 150. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  5. Reid, An Accurate Map of the United States of America, according to the Treaty of Peace of 1783. New York, 1796. 14 x 17. BW. Centerfold discoloration and a few light scattered stains, else VG. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  6. Morse, A Map of the Northwest Territory. Boston, 1796. 7 x 9. BW. VG. Dotted lines indicate military reservations ceded to the U.S. at Chicago, Fort Massac and other places by the Indian Treaty of 1793. Also shows Connecticut's claims in Ohio. Wheat & Brun 679. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  7. [Pictorial] Rentschler, The Old Northwest Territory.. Ohio, c. 1936. 22 x 16. Color litho. VG. With 8vo booklet History of The Ordinance Of 1787...(A Supplemental Text for School Use) Marietta, OH, 1937. 95 pp with many BW illustrations. Paper covers scuffed else VG. Sold


Click to enlarge  8. Carey & Lea, Geographical, Statistical and Historical Map of Illinois. Philadelphia, 1822. Map 12 x 8, with text 16 x 20. Original hand color. A few smudges (printer's ink?) in blank areas, else VG. First edition. Sold

Click to enlarge  9. Finley, Illinois. Philadelphia, circa 1825. 11 x 8. Full original color. VG. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  10. Carey & Lea, Geographical, Statistical and Historical Map of Illinois. Philadelphia, 1827. Map 12 x 8 , with text 16 x 20. Original hand color. Small smudge upper right margin, else VG. The revised edition with additional counties, particularly in the former Bounty Lands. Statistical information is updated to 1825. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  11. Collot, French Habitation in the Country of the Illinois. Paris, 1805 (1826). 5 x 7. BW. A few small brown spots in margins else Fine. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  12. Burr, Illinois by David Burr. NY, 1834. 12 x 10. Original outline color. VG. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  13. [Folding Map] Mitchell, The Tourists Pocket Map of Illinois... Philadelphia, 1839. 15 x 12. Full original color; embossed cloth covers. VG+. Locates the National Road, proposed canal routes; tables show steam boat routes and list 1830 census statistics by county. Inset focuses on the lead mining regions around Galena and southwest Wisconsin where "diggings" and smelting furnaces are identified. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  14. Burr, Illinois. New York, circa 1842. 12 x 11. Original Color. VG. This later edition includes two counties which were never officially established: Michigan County (roughly corresponding to today's Du Page) and Coffee County (now part of Putnam, Knox and Peoria Counties). Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  15. Ballou's Pictorial, State House, Springfield, Illinois. Boston, 1856. 7 x 9. BW view on front page with pictorial masthead (overall 15 x 11). VG. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  16. [Civil War Military Commission] State of Illinois, Illinois Volunteers. Springfield? 1863. 15 x 9. Scattered stains, a few small fold losses affecting two letters in the printed text. Good only. $150.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  17. [Illinois Central RR advert] Harper's Weekly, The Finest Farming Lands Equal To Any In The World!!! Illinois, the Garden State of America. New York, 1863. 8 x 5. BW. VG. With a vignette depicting the state's agricultural bounty, two letterpress columns of hype, and a table "Prices and Terms of Payment On Long Credit." Sold [details]


Click to enlarge  18. [Great Plains] Carey & Lea, Map of Arkansas And Other Territories of the United States. Philadelphia, 1822. Map 14 x 14; with text 16 x 20. Original outline color. Near Fine. Major Long's seminal map. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  19. [Midwest] Mitchell, No. 9 Map Of The Western States, Philadelphia, 1840. 10 x 16. Full original color. Lower cf tear repaired else VG. "Western States" are Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri. Flags mark the battles of "Tippicanoe" (1811) and the defeat of Black Hawk in 1833 in Indiana and Wisconsin, respectively. $150.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  20. Mitchell, Wisconsin. Philadelphia, 1849. 16 x 13. Original Color. Narrow margins, else VG. Issued one year after statehood. "Carver's Claim" runs through several counties in the northwest, an allusion to French and Indian War veteran and explorer, Jonathan Carver. "N. York Indians" (Oneidas), Menominies, Winnebago and Chippaway tribes named, and several portages and waterfalls located. Reserved [details]

Click to enlarge  21. Colton, Wisconsin. NY, 1855. 15 x 12. Original color lightly faded, else VG. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  22. Burr, Indiana by David Burr. NY, 1834. 12 x 10. Full original color. lightly faded, else VG. $300.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  23. [Iowa] U.S. Government, Sketch of the Public Surveys in Wisconsin Territory. 25th Congress, 2nd Session. H. No. 2. Washington, 1838. Map 11 x 5 on leaf 12 x 8. Outline color. VG. The area surveyed is west of the Mississippi River. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  24. Tanner / Carey & Hart, Iowa. Philadelphia, circa 1841. 13 x 13. Full original color. VG. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  25. Tanner / Carey & Hart, A New Map of Missouri with Its Roads and Distances... Philadelphia, 1841 13 x 13. Original color lightly faded, with oxidation in some portions of green else VG. $350.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  26. Colton, Nebraska and Kanzas. NY, 1855. 13 x 15. Original full color. VG. Sold [details]

All items in this list may be viewed at our Evanston gallery, 1937 Central Street, Suite 2B. Hours by appointment. 847-328-1966

Terms: All maps and prints are guaranteed to be original works in Very Good or better condition, except as noted. Ten day return privilege. Refunds are for the amount of purchase and shipping only. Most items are single copies and offered subject to prior sale. Illinois residents please add 10% sales tax. Dimensions are of the image in inches, height first. Abbreviations: BW = black & white, i.e., uncolored; c. = circa; cf = centerfold; col = color or colored. Shipping and handling: Priority Mail or FedEx Ground is $10.00 per order within the U.S.; additional charges for Express shipment.

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