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Auction 132, Lot 155

"[Lot of 11 - U.S. States and Cities]", Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1850 (dated)

Publication: New Universal Atlas

Color: Hand Color

12.8 x 15.8 inches
32.5 x 40.1 cm

The New Universal Atlas was one of the most important and popular American atlas of the 19th century. It was published during a period (1836-1859) of rapid growth in the United States and equally rapid technological advancements in printing technology. The popular atlas went through numerous (nearly annual) editions, by a succession of important publishers including Henry Tanner, Samuel Mitchell, Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co, and Charles DeSilver. The maps were constantly revised and updated and were produced by the most technologically advanced methods; evolving from copper engraving to lithographic transfer. The maps in this lot are from an edition published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., which published the atlas between 1850 and 1854. These editions included the distinctive scroll borders colored with the new chromolithographic method. The color within the maps was still applied by hand distinguishing the political divisions, canals and railroads.

1) City of New-York
2) Philadelphia
3) Map of New Jersey
4) A New Map of Maryland and Delaware with their Canals, Roads and Distances
5) A New Map of the State of Virginia Exhibiting its Internal Improvements Roads, Distances &c. by J.H. Young
6 A New Map of South Carolina with its Canals, Roads and Distances from Place to Place along with Stage & Steam Boat Routes
7 A New Map of Georgia with its Canals, Roads and Distances
8) Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
9) A New Map of Maine
10) A New Map of Alabama with its Canals, Roads and Distances from Place to Place along with Stage & Steam Boat Routes
11) Map of New Hampshire & Vermont


Condition: B+

All with original color. With some minor foxing throughout.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $375

Closed on 6/2/2010