New York: J.G. Wells, 11 Beekman Street, 1857. 24 x 30 inches, folded to 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches, with contemporary color. In original green cloth folder, stamped in gilt. Light wear to folder. Separation at some folds. Very lightly toned, a few small stains in top left corner. Very good. Item #WRCAM46967
A rare and handsome map of Missouri and the eastern edge of Kansas, with each county highlighted in color. This map does not appear in Modelski's railroad bibliographies or other standard sources. In the late 1850s railroads became increasingly important to the Great Plains region and the West. Most of the rail lines shown on this map emanate from St. Louis - the "Gateway to the West" - connecting her to Jefferson City and other smaller cities, with the future route of the line delineated. Several proposed lines are indicated, such as one from Jefferson City to Kansas City, and another from Keosauqua, Iowa to Kansas City. Tooley lists cartographer J.G. Wells (1821-80), but notes only one map (Ohio) by him. The front pastedown bears an advertisement for Wells' latest publications, including eighteen maps and fourteen books, for a total of almost forty items. Wells' cartographic output was short-lived but vigorous, and all his maps are very rare. This map is not located in OCLC, though an 1858 edition does appear in one copy, at the University of Virginia.