Auction 149, Lot 169

"Map of the Southern States, Including Rail Roads, County Towns, State Capitals, County Roads, the Southern Coast from Delaware to Texas, Showing the Harbors, Inlets, Forts and Position of Blockading Ships", Harper's Weekly

Subject: Southern United States

Period: 1863 (dated)

Publication: Harper's History of the Rebellion

Color: Hand Color

30.1 x 20.1 inches
76.5 x 51.1 cm

This terrific Civil War map shows good detail of the towns, villages, railroads, and the ship blockade of the south. The title continues along the bottom: "Prepared for Harper's History of the Rebellion. December, 1863." Surrounded by a very decorative border, it features portraits at each corner of Lincoln, Seward, Gen. Scott, and Gen. McClellan. An inset of "Florida. Southern Part." lies at lower right. On the verso are three black and white wood engraved birds-eye views, two single page and a large double page. The double page view details the region around the Chesapeake Bay and is titled "Pictorial Map of Portions of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina…" The other two are "Balloon View of Fortress Monroe and Hampton Roads" and "Balloon View of the Seat of War." An uncommon issue.

References: Stephenson (CW) 14.55, 32.9, 37.

Condition: C+

Folding, as issued. This example has terrific original coloring, full margins, and a dark impression with a small chip out of Georgia. There is light toning along one fold, numerous fold splits, and some marginal tears or chipping, all of which are closed on verso with archival tape. Shows much better than the condition suggests.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 5/21/2014