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Auction 125, Lot 927

"Rand McNally & Co.'s Enlarged Business Atlas", Rand McNally & Co.

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1907 (published)


Color: Printed Color

15.5 x 21 inches
39.4 x 53.3 cm

This complete atlas is much sought after for its great number of large maps. Our count shows a total of 109 colorful maps composed of 36 single page and 75 double page maps. The double page maps are folded and pasted to a backstrap from the spine as were earlier atlases, but are usually printed both sides. All of the maps are accomplished using several colors resulting in handsome images. The business atlas is unique in the large number of city plans included and not available elsewhere. Some examples: Montreal, Quebec, Toledo, etc. Fine Industrial Map of the United States. Filled with facts, including a section of postal information, railroad index and some amusing advertisements in the front section of the atlas. Hardbound in green cloth with embossed gilt title. Folio, 379pp. Folio.


Condition: B+

The great majority of maps are actually in fine condition. Asia is split at bottom and tip at lower right corner is missing. Europe is completely split in half. The two maps of Pennsylvania have long splits along their centerfolds. Spine is missing and front cover detached. Internally very good with tight signatures.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/24/2008