First edition of Bradford's Map of Florida from Bradford's Comprehensive Atlas.
Shows very early county divisions, along with travel routes between major cities and towns. Only Monroe and Mosquito are shown in the South,. The map pre-dates Hillsboro County, instead showing a massive Seminole Indian Reserve.
This first edition can be distinguished from later editions by the lack of an inset map and inclusion of the Indian Reservation.
Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1802-1887) was an American geographic publisher. He hailed from Bradford, Massachusetts and began his publishing career by working for the America Encyclopedia. Then, he edited and republished the Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgement of Universal Geography, Modern & Ancient, which had originally been offered in French by Adrian Balbi. In 1835, he published another atlas, A Comprehensive Atlas: Geographical, Historical & Commercial, and, in 1838, An Illustrated Atlas Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries. His interests were primarily in educational publishing and he was one of the first mapmakers to show Texas as an independent country.