Scarce early map of Missouri & Illinois, also showing Arkansaw Territory to the South and Missouri Territory to the North. A number of early primitive counties still appear, especially in Missouri. Missouri has 38 counties, but lacks the Platte addition.
One of the earliest maps engraved in America to focus on this region.
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.