Auction 121, Lot 862

"The Columbian World's Fair Atlas", Cram, George F. & Company

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1893 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

12 x 14 inches
30.5 x 35.6 cm

This uncommon atlas was published to commemorate the 1893 World's Fair and Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The scale and grandeur of the fair had a profound effect on architecture, the arts, Chicago's self image and American industrial optimism. This atlas, with maps by the Chicago map-maker George Cram was distributed compliments of the Pattridge Bros. in Tracy, Minnesota. Complete with 107 maps in all, 15 of which are double-page. It includes a plan of the Exposition grounds plus a complete section on the World's Fair. There are beautiful engravings showing the Expo's buildings, local architecture, points of interest and well known monuments in the Chicago area. Several pages of amusing advertisements are located near the front and back of the atlas. Folio. 194pp. Complete. Hardbound in original brown cloth with embossed gilt title on front.


Condition: B+

Contents and maps are very good with light toning and occasional soil. Covers are worn and soiled with bumped and frayed corners. Spine is soft and frayed at extremities. Front hinge starting to split and rear hinge separated.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $425

Closed on 9/26/2007