Rare Final State
Nice example of the final state of Thomas Bradford's map of Philadelphia, extending from West Philadelphia and the Schuylkill River to the Delware and Windmill Island. Kennsington, Northern Liberties, Southwark, and Passyunk are shown.
The map identifies, streets, buildings, rail lines, and many other details. Girard College, County Prison, Navy Yard, Independence Hall, Alms House, Wills Asylum, Penn Square, and Fairmount Waterworks are just a few of the many landmarks named.
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.