A hand book of Wisconsin; or guilde to travellers & immigrants; designed as an accompaniment to Chapman's map of Wisconsin. (together with) Chapman's sectional map of Wisconsin with the most recent surveys, 1855.
Milwaukee, WI: Silas Chapman, 1855. 16mo in 8's. The map measures 33 x 23 inches, folded into a folder measuring 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. 72 pp., plus 8 pages publisher's advertisements. FIRST EDITION. Hand-coloured outlines. Original plain green cloth boards. Folding map in brown cloth folder with gilt title on cover; book dampstained and toned, map has dampstaining with loss of paper but mainly to blank portions and a little at the upper left corner; many other small splits at folding points. Folder is worn and rubbed. Item #11172
First edition of the book and of the map, which is quite scarce. Each county is hand-oulined in red and the entire state is outlined in blue and shows towns, roads and railroads, both completed and in progress.
This is the first Chapman map of Wisconsin together with the first printing of its companion guide book. Neither have appeared at auction in the last thirty years and are very elusive in any condition.