"Atlas to Accompany the Offical Records of the Union and Conferderate Armies - Plates 136 - 175", U.S. Government
Subject: Atlases, United States, Civil War
Period: 1894 (published)
Color: Printed Color
15.5 x 18.5 inches
39.4 x 47 cm
This atlas was published to accompany the War of the Rebellion, A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union & Confederate Armies, which is the official government publication documenting the Civil War. Nearly 30 years passed before the record could be published. This bound volume contains plates 136 through 175, or the last 42 plates from the full atlas set of 175 plates. The first 25 plates are of various regions of the U.S., followed by a chronological series of fine U.S. maps with the title "Map of the United States of America, showing the Boundaries of the Union and Confederate Geographical Divisions and Departments." This series includes the "Dec. 31, 1860"; "June 30, 1861"; "Dec. 31, 1861"; "June 30, 1862"; "Dec. 31, 1862"; "June 30, 1863"; Dec. 31, 1863"; "June 30, 1864"; "Dec. 31, 1864"; and "April 9, 1865" maps. The last plates include the beautiful and desirable uniform and badge plate, the equally colorful flags sheet, and plates showing weapons, wagons, trains, steamships, and more.
These plates were issued by subscription in addition to being published in complete atlas form. This compilation was likely assembled from these separate subscription mailings. All bound in maroon and red, cloth and leather covers with the title and original owner's name below in gilt. The title is taken from the cover as there is no title page. The name on the volume's label is R.J. Gamble, certainly none other than Robert J. Gamble, Senator of South Dakota, first elected to the Senate in 1900. A very nice example of these increasingly difficult to find plates, particularly in this condition.
The maps are very good with fine coloring and on generally sound paper. The covers are just a little rubbed with some abrasion to corners and edge of spine.