Auction 149, Lot 56

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

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, United States Puzzle Map

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 the 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 good condition.


Condition: B+

The puzzle is very good with some light soiling as to be expected. The guide sheet has light foxing and a small hole in West Virginia but is otherwise very usable. The box has some wear along the edges with a slightly concave cover.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/21/2014