Antique Map Auction Sale No. 134 - closed 12/1/2010
In 1838 Bradford published this larger and much finer atlas as compared to his earlier Comprehensive Atlas that Ristow called undistingushed. The Illustrated Atlas was printed in two sizes with the same maps, the maps in the larger version have wider margins. This example, printed by Weeks, Jordan, and Company from Boston, is the smaller of the issues, the larger being large folio (19-1/4 inch tall). This small folio (14" x 17" tall) edition contains frontis, two title pages, 170 pp. 39 pages of maps including one double-page (US) and eight city plans on five sheets: the New York City plan is the frontis. All maps in original hand coloring. This complete atlas includes maps of the United States, 28 separate maps of the United States, maps of North America, the Republic of Texas, the West Indies, Lower Canada, Upper Canada, and city plans of Washington, New Orleans, Louisville & Jeffersonville, Cincinnati (four plans on one sheet), Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. The excellent map of Texas is described below. In this edition the map of Wisconsin is "Iowa & Wisconsin" with Iowa hastily added above. With extensive text descriptions accompanying each map. Many of the maps are by G.W. Boynton, other by S. Stiles, Sherman & Smith. Stereotyped and printed by Fulsom, Wells & Thurston of Cambridge, Mass., "Printers to the University." Green cloth on boards with quarter leather. Title on front of cover on red gilt stamped leather label.