New York: Samuel Gaston, 1857. unbound. Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 5 x 6"
This map shows the state of Mississippi in the middle of the 19th century. Published in 1857, it records a moment just prior to the outbreak of the CIvil War in 1861. Although the state is fully politically divided on the map, with counties colored by hand and gridded district divisions, much of land remained unpopulated at this time. The lowest part of the state, where it reaches the Gulf of Mexico, extends past the bottom border of the map. The index includes towns, rivers, and both existing and proposed railroads. The map appeared in Colby's "Diamond Atlas" and is in excellent condition with full margins and no chips or tears. Very slight foxing in left margin not affecting the image. Charles G. Colby (1830--1866) was an American map-maker active in the mid-19th century who is known best for his miniature maps. His "The World in Miniature," otherwise known at the "Diamond Atlas,"focused on the western hemisphere. His main focus was the United States, and he produced individual maps for each of the states. The atlas also includes maps of the hemispheres, several thematic world maps, North America, Canadian provides, the West Indies, and Central and South America. This map is exemplary of Colby's work.