Auction 136, Lot 296

"New Sectional map of Iowa", Cram, George F. & Company

Subject: Iowa

Period: 1874 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

37 x 27.3 inches
94 x 69.3 cm

This rare pocket map is highly detailed and filled with information including watershed, towns and early settlements, wagon roads, townships, and colored by county with the county seat identified. The railway system is surprisingly well developed throughout the state. With an advertisement in lower left calling for agents in the west. The map carries the date of 1874 with a copyright date of 1872. 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. The map folds into original brown pebbled cloth with fancy embossed pattern and gilt title. Paper label on inside cover is the "Official Census of Iowa by Counties, 1873." This is a scarce and very early Cram pocket map.


Condition: B+

The map is very good with just a little weakness on a few folds with archival tape on verso. The covers are very nice with virtually no wear.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/1/2011