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Auction 139, Lot 74

"[Puzzle Map] A New Dissected Map of the United States", McLoughlin Bros.

Subject: Puzzle Map - United States

Period: 1887 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

18 x 11.5 inches
45.7 x 29.2 cm

Terrific Victorian period map puzzle with original box. Complete with all pieces, box, and full color map to aid in assembling the puzzle. Many of these puzzles carry the date 1887 but were published later. This is an 1887 or 1888 edition based on the undivided Dakota Territory. The original paper label on box is reminiscent of a cigar box label as it combines the printing processes of multi-stone chromolithography, solid color zinc plate, and gold stamping to produce a beautiful image. The label image is similar to later editions, but is obviously earlier artwork. McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm that pioneered the systematic use of color printing technologies in children's books, particularly between 1858 and 1920. The firm's publications served to popularize illustrators including Thomas Nast, William Momberger, Justin H. Howard, Palmer Cox, and Ida Waugh. By 1886, the firm published a wide range of items including cheap scrapbooks, large folio picture books, linen books, puzzles, games and paper dolls. It is rare to find a nineteenth century puzzle with all pieces and in such nice condition.


Condition: A

The puzzle is near fine with some light soiling along the edges. The guide map has several fold separations that have been repaired and reinforced with archival tape on verso. The box has some minor wear with a slightly concave cover.

Estimate: $325 - $400


Closed on 2/15/2012