Rare Early Regional Road Map from the First Edition of Melish's Famed Military Atlas, A Major War of 1812 Cartographic Artifact.
One of the earliest comprehensive road maps of the central part of the United States.
Published during the War of 1812, this detailed map of the Middle Atlantic and Eastern States has a clear focus on the roads and distances between the cities in the region.
Melish's 1812 Military and Topographical Atlas of the United States is one of his earliest works. The atlas is an important set of maps relating to the War of 1812, and also one of the earlier authoritative treatments of the United States, preceding the general maps of Melish and Shelton & Kensett. Along with those maps, Arrowsmith's, and Abraham Bradley's, the Melish Military Atlas (in both editions) is an important inclusion for anyone interested in early Federal Period mapping of the United States.
The map is very rare. This is only the second example we have seen on the market in more than 25 years.