Auction 134, Lot 763

"Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies", U.S. War Department

Subject: Atlases, Civil War

Period: 1891-1895 (published)


Color: Printed Color

15.5 x 19 inches
39.4 x 48.3 cm

This is a complete set of the government's publication covering the Civil War, still in the original paper wrappers they were mailed in. The set contains 35 separate signatures with 175 double-page sheets of mostly battle plans, and troop movements, as well as several sepia toned pages of photographs plus sheets of uniforms, weapons, flags. This complete atlas includes the title page, Preface and Table of Contents. These plates were issued between 1891 and 1895 to accompany the Official Army Records and were published under the Secretaries of War Redfield Proctor, Stephen B. Elkins and Daniel S. Lamont by Maj. Gen. George B. Davis assisted by civilian experts Leslie Perry and Joseph Kirkley. The plates were compiled by Capt. Calvin D. Cowles, 23rd U.S. Infantry. Very finely engraved and detailed. This complete and scarce collection is rarer still in the original paper mailing covers.


Condition: A

The pages are sound and on clean and supple paper, much finer condition than normally found. Most plates are fine (A+) with a few very having a short marginal tear or chip, but even these are very good (A). The color plates have a trace of offsetting. This exceptional collection is in the original mailing paper wrappers, the first few a little rough and split at spine, the majority very good.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 12/1/2010