Map. Color lithograph. Image measures 14" x 11". This early graphic map of Illinois from 1844 shows much detail within the state borders, and labels Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana bordering it, as well as Lake Michigan. The counties are drawn and labeled and the state capital, county towns, canals, railroads, and common roads are labeled. Sidney Edwards Morse (1794-1871) was an American geographer, journalist, and inventor. He shared his innovative spirit with his brother, Samuel F.B. Morse, and his father Jedidiah Morse, who published the first geography book in the United States in 1784. Morse pioneered the printing process of wax engraving, otherwise known as cerography. This map is a fine example of Morse's innovative cerographic technique.