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Auction 126, Lot 243

"Cram's Railroad & Township Map of Arizona", Cram, George F. & Company

Subject: Arizona

Period: 1879 (dated)

Publication: Cram's Standard American Atlas of the United States

Color: Hand Color

15 x 18.9 inches
38.1 x 48 cm
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Rare map from the first edition of Cram's most celebrated atlas. Arizona is depicted with only four counties (Pima, Yuma, Mohave, and Yavapai) and with no clear indication of the capitol city. Locates several ruins, forts and early towns and villages. Survey progress is minimal. The proposed route for the Texas Pacific railroad is delineated. The course of the Colorado through the Grand Canyon is still incorrectly shown in a mostly straight line running east to west. The map carries the date of 1879 with a copyright date of 1878. The imprint is Cram's Western Map Depot, 66 Lake St. Chicago, Ills. There was a close relationship between the Cram and Watson firms, who also published from this address. This Lake Street address was the home to Cram's publishing company between 1873 and 1879, thereafter moving to Wabash Avenue. An early and rarely seen map of the territory with an equally impressive map of New Mexico Territory on the verso.

References: Chicago Map Makers: "George F. Cram and the American Perception of Space" Gerald A. Danzer

Condition: A

Very fine impression and hand coloring with full margins. The strong impression has left light offsetting below lower neatline and along left neatline, still very good.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 12/3/2008