“COUNTY MAP OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS” Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., c. 1862 from the New General Atlas. Engraved map with exceptionally bright original hand-coloring. Dated 1860 in the margin, but issued in the 1862 atlas. (Image: 13 x 10 ¾’’)
This map, with its highly ornate border, depicts the State of Illinois with its counties named and in contrasting colors. Topographical features shown and major cities, towns, railroads, land routes and water routes are shown.
The inset shows the “PLAN OF CHICAGO” identifying most streets and rail lines - just 9 years before the great fire of 1871 (which destroyed over half the city). A very detailed view of the state at a time when the country was immersed in the Civil War.