Auction 126, Lot 282

"Cram's Railroad & Township Map of Iowa",

Subject: Iowa

Period: 1879 (dated)

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

Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 15.2 inches
52.6 x 38.6 cm

Rare map from the first edition of Cram's most celebrated atlas. This map of Iowa is a fine example of Cram's desire to impart as much information as possible in his maps. It is highly detailed with hundreds of placenames. The railway system is well developed and fills much of the state. Embellished with a Victorian-style title. 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.

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

Condition: A

Fine original coloring in outline with strong, dark impression. Original margins.

Estimate: $140 - $180


Closed on 12/3/2008