Auction 149, Lot 744

First Statistical Atlas of the United States

"Statistical Atlas of the United States Based on the Results of the Ninth Census 1870", Walker, Francis

Subject: Atlases, United States

Period: 1874 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

16.3 x 21.8 inches
41.4 x 55.4 cm

This large and important atlas is the first statistical atlas of the United States. It is complete with fifty-four plates, most double-page maps, providing a view of the physical, economic, and social geography of the United States. Most maps are colorful and thematic in nature including the desirable Geological Map of the United States by Hitchcock. Of special interest are the maps that show the population density for each decennial census from 1790 to 1870. Schwartz & Ehrenberg commend this atlas saying it was a "pioneering work [and] was the first atlas of analytical maps that showed the patterns of associations and it greatly influenced the development of thematic mapping in the Untied States." Francis A. Walker was the Superintendent of the Ninth Census and Professor of Political Economy and History in the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale College. Rebound in red cloth with original black pastedown with gilt title on spine. An important and desirable atlas in very good condition.

References: Schwartz & Ehrenberg p. 303.

Condition: B+

Contents and maps are very good to near fine with some light toning along the sheet edges and some occasional faint spots of foxing. A few of the sheets have very minor edge tears well away from the map images. The title page is toned with chipped edges. Covers and spine show light wear and the corners are bumped.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $425

Closed on 5/21/2014