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  • Title: Michigan
  • Author: Thomas Bradford
  • Date: 1838
  • Medium: Hand-colored engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light age toning and foxing
  • Inches: 13 x 16 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 33.02 x 40.64 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 319079

Map of Michigan by Thomas Bradford featuring an inset to the top right titled 'Northwest Part of Michigan.' Only the southern part of the territory has yet been organized into counties. The shape of Michigan itself has been rendered slightly inaccurately, a persistent error in maps of this region from the time of its discovery.

Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1802-1887) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as an assistant editor for the America Encyclopedia. Bradford's first major cartographic work was his revision and subsequent republication of an important French geography by Adrian Balbi, published in America as Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgement of Universal Geography, Modern & Ancient.

Among other things, Bradford focused his atlas on the Americas and abandoned the classical decoration common in European atlases in favor of a more informational and inherently American approach. Afterwards, Bradford revised and expanded this work into his own important contribution to American cartography, the 1838 An Illustrated Atlas Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries.