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Auction 130, Lot 284

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

Subject: Mississippi

Period: 1879 (dated)

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

Color: Hand Color

12 x 21.2 inches
30.5 x 53.8 cm
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Rare map from the first edition of Cram's most celebrated atlas. Excellent detail throughout, scores of towns and small villages are located. The extensive railway system has several branches running through the area, all named. Excellent detail of Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. Fancy Victorian-style title in the gulf. 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

Near fine example with just a hint of offsetting at lower edge. Fine original coloring and dark, crisp impression. Close margins as issued.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $65

Closed on 12/2/2009