"[Puzzle Map] A New Dissected Map of the United States", McLoughlin Bros.
Subject: United States
Period: 1887 (dated)
Color: Printed Color
18.5 x 12 inches
47 x 30.5 cm
Terrific Victorian period map puzzle complete with all pieces and original box. There is no full color map to aid in assembly which is sometimes found with these puzzles so we're uncertain if it was included in this early edition. Many of these puzzles carry the date 1887 but were published later. This is an 1887 or 1888 edition based on the undivided Dakota Territory. The original paper label on box is reminiscent of a cigar box label as it combines the printing processes of multi-stone chromolithography, solid color zinc plate, and gold stamping to produce a beautiful image. The label image is similar to later editions, but is obviously earlier art. McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm that pioneered the systematic use of color printing technologies in children's books, particularly between 1858 and 1920. The firm's publications served to popularize illustrators including Thomas Nast, William Momberger, Justin H. Howard, Palmer Cox, and Ida Waugh. By 1886, the firm published a wide range of items including cheap scrapbooks, large folio picture books, linen books, puzzles, games and paper dolls. It is rare to find a nineteenth century puzzle with all pieces and in such nice condition.
The map is near fine less a few foxing spots. Wooden box is complete and not warped, unusual for these maps. Complete with paper on edges and large top label. The box top has a small punch at middle left edge that does not penetrate top.