Auction 119, Lot 910

"Cram's Unrivaled Family Atlas of the World", Cram, George F. & Company

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1882 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

12 x 14 inches
30.5 x 35.6 cm

A complete and lovely example of this wonderful atlas that features tipped-in maps, some with fancy borders. The atlas is complete with approximately 68 wax engraved maps, including numerous double-page maps. Importantly, this transitional atlas contains 24 hand colored "New Rail Road and County" maps usually seen in earlier atlases. The hand colored maps include New York; Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware & Maryland; Virginia & West Virginia; North Carolina; Alabama, Georgia, Sth. Carolina & Northern Florida; Arkansas, Louisiana & Mississippi; Indian Territory, and Northern Part of Texas; Southern Part of Texas; Kentucky & Tennessee; Missouri; Kansas; Nebraska; Colorado; Minnesota; Dakota and Manitoba; Wyoming; Montana and Northern Idaho; Utah; Southern Part of Idaho; Oregon and Washington Territory; New Mexico; Northern California and Nevada; Alaska; and Southern California and Arizona. Except for the map of Alaska, each of these map's title is in an oval cartouche with Victorian flourishes and begins with "New Rail Road and County Map." All states and territories are represented, with 50 maps of U.S. interest, including a terrific Indian Territory. Other charts include Flags of the World, five thematic charts, types of the Races of Men, several pages of portraits, and more. Title page, contents, list of the population of cities, index, 122 pp. Hardbound in original brown cloth, embossing and gilt titling on the cover and red fore edges. Dated 1882, but published circa 1884-85. This transitional edition is a scarce atlas that we've not encountered before.


Condition: B

Text and maps are near fine to fine, as is the gilt on the cover. The covers show minor shelf wear, bumping to the corners, and short split at top of spine. Both covers are starting with a little separation on inside free end papers. Contents are really beautiful.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $600

Closed on 5/9/2007