This book is composed of plats of the lands described in the property ledger. In those states in which the United States township is used, these plats can be most easily shown on the official government plats of each township, which may be obtained from the United States land offices and should be mounted on canvas before being bound. By the use of varied tints, different interests and different conditions may be more conspicuously shown on these plats than in a written record, although the property ledger must furnish the necessary information.