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Nice example of Bradford's map of the United States.

While the map is relatively simple in its construction, it provides a detailed overview of the railroads and canals in 1835, one of the earliest general maps of the United States to focus on transportation routes.

By the time of its printing, very few railroad lines had been completed, but the map shows prospective lines extending from Charleston and Augusta to Memphis on the Mississippi River and from the east coast to Lake Michigan.

Thomas Gamaliel Bradford Biography

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.