Auction 123, Lot 861

"A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States; Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy…", Lippincott, Grambo & Co.

Subject: Geography Books

Period: 1854 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

6 x 9 inches
15.2 x 22.9 cm

A massive collection of statistical information reflecting the tremendous growth of the United States in the mid-19th century. The authors, Thomas Baldwin & Joseph Thomas, state in the preface that the territory of the country expanded by more than 800,000 square miles, bringing the total amount of land that comprises the U.S. to over 3,000,000 square miles, "nearly equaling the whole of continental Europe." The population statistics are based on the census of 1850, and were revised in 1853, due to this growth. Tipped into the front is a large folding map by W. Williams, A New Map of the United States, Upon Which Are Delineated its Vast Works of Internal Communication, Routes Across the Continent &c. Showing Also Canada and the Island of Cuba 1854 (28.8" x 24.5"). This is a highly detailed and beautifully engraved map that has vivid hand color and features four insets: Map of the Niagara River and Falls, City & Harbor of Havana, Map of the Island of Cuba and a nicely detailed Map of California, Oregon, New Mexico Utah &c. that is the same as Williams' map noted in Wheat's Mapping the Trans-Mississippi West #818. The main map shows the country as far west as the Texas panhandle, and locates forts, railroads, trade routes and the tracks of several explorers. Nebraska is shown in possession of the Indian Territory down to the Red River and Minnesota and the Northwest Territory share the land that is now North and South Dakota. 1364 pages. Thick 8vo. Hardbound in original brown leather with gilt title over a black band on spine, and marbled foredges.


Condition: B+

Map is lightly toned along the folds and has some extraneous creases. The usual fold separations have been repaired with archival tape on verso. Contents have occasional foxing, and a couple stains. Binding and signatures are tight with shelfworn covers.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 2/20/2008