Auction 117, Lot 878

"Donnelley's Sectional Atlas of the City of Chicago Compiled from the Public Records on a Scale of Four Hundred Feet to the Inch", Donnelley, Reuben H.

Subject: Atlases, Chicago

Period: 1907 (dated)

Publication: Lakeside Press

Color: Hand Color

19 x 23.5 inches
48.3 x 59.7 cm

A elephant folio atlas that was published in two volumes; this being Volume I, which contains 106 single-page (18" x 23") maps. The charts cover all of Chicago north of 39th Street in incredible detail down to individual lots. Below each map are details of each subdivision represented on the map. Changes and additions are pasted over or below existing information. Changes are likewise pasted over the map and hand colored to match old information. Includes the Chicago downtown loop with excellent detail of Lincoln Park, the Chicago River, Grant Park, the Illinois Central Railroad yards, south of the river and adjacent to Piers No. 1 - 3. There is simply too much information here to adequately describe; suffice to say that every nook and cranny of Chicago in 1907-09 is fully mapped, many in attractive full wash hand coloring.
The frontispiece is a tipped in map titled "Map showing Territorial Growth of the City of Chicago Presented with the Complements of the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway." The map, not an original part of the atlas, measures 13" x 20" and includes all of the city extending from Hyde Park north to Norwood Park. It is in fair condition. Title page has two 'corrected to' stamps: January 1st, 1907, and January 1st, 1909. Hardbound in green cloth with red leather spine and tips. 107 pp., frontis map, two title pages, Index of Sections, index map, and 106 full-page maps. A spectacular working atlas that should be part of any serious Chicago collector's material.


Condition: B

The maps are all sound, some with a little surface soiling from usage. The covers are rough with the spine leather mostly disintegrated, but the book itself is sound with all signatures bound in and tight.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/6/2006