An Historical and Geographical Map of the State of Illinois. “The Prairie State”


Quaint pictorial map of Illinois by Karl Smith.

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This lovely map of Illinois was one of numerous state maps drawn by the prolific illustrator Karl Smith between the 1930’s and the 1950’s. Like many of his other works, it draws on a variety of themes, but heavily emphasizes locations of historic relevance, local industry, and important state “firsts.”

A colored illustration of Marquette and Jolliet in the upper left identify them as the first white men to see Illinois, and numerous vignettes around Chicago highlight more recent events, such as the Century of Progress Exposition held the same year of publication.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1934

Author: Karl Smith

Sheet Width (in): 18.90

Sheet Height (in): 25.00

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Outer margins slightly toned from age and a bit worn from where the map was removed from its previous mounting. One tear in the upper right, well away from the map, which has been repaired on the verso. The image itself is in very good condition - clean and bright. Printed on watermarked paper.


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