Auction 135, Lot 290

"Cram's Railroad & Township Map of Kentucky, and Tennessee", Cram, George F. & Company

Subject: Kentucky & Tennessee

Period: 1879 (dated)

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

Color: Printed Color

27 x 17 inches
68.6 x 43.2 cm

Rare map from the first edition of Cram's most celebrated atlas. Shows a good railway system with all lines named in red overprinting. All counties are delineated and scores of towns and villages are located. Title is in Victorian-style letting. 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. With the equally nice Cram's Railroad & Township Map of Arkansas (19.2" x 15.8") on the verso.

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

Condition: A

On a full sheet with enormous margins. Split in lower margin. The map image is fine except for a small food stain in lower border at both sides.

Estimate: $180 - $220


Closed on 2/16/2011