Auction 171, Lot 771

A Fascinating, Embellished Manuscript Atlas

"[Manuscript U.S. and Civil War Atlas]",

Subject: Manuscript Atlas, Civil War

Period: 1888 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

7.2 x 8.6 inches
18.3 x 21.8 cm

This remarkable and fascinating lined history notebook is filled with the work of a precocious 7th/8th grade student from the Franklin School in Chicago during the 1888-89 school years. In addition to class notes with precise penmanship, young Herman Hering embellished the text with numerous pen and ink maps, illustrations and 22 illuminated initials. Early American history is illustrated by 17 maps, many full page and multi-color, mostly of battles. These nicely executed maps are followed by a Civil War atlas with its own title page and 16 maps with increasingly ornate and elaborate borders and embellishments, including flags, ships, birds and a portrait of General Sherman. The execution of the maps and illustrations is far more sophisticated and attractive than the usual student efforts.

The maps in the early American section is as follows:
Exploration in North America
King William's War
Queen Anne's War
King George's War
French & Indian War
Paul Revere's Ride
Battle of Bunker Hill
Washington's Retreat
Burgoyne's Invasion
Paul Jones' Expedition
West Point
Siege of Yorktown
Territorial Development of United States
Slavery in the United States
War of 1812
Mexican War. 1846-47
Scott's March to Mexico. 1847

The maps in the Civil War section include:
Battle of Bull Run. 1862
Battle of Pea Ridge. 1862
Battle between the Merrimac and Monitor
Battle of Shiloh. 62
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Murphresboro. 1862
Battle of Gettysburg. 64
Lee's Grand Northern Invasion
Battle of Mission Ridge
Battle of Nashville
Battle of Five Forks
Peninsula Campaign
Mobile Campaign
N. Orleans Expedition
Vicksburg Campaign
Sherman March to the Sea

217 total pages with only a few blank sheets. Square octavo, hardbound in quarter leather with tips over green cloth boards.


Condition: B+

Contents are very good with light soiling from use and some extraneous pencil notations. Covers have light shelf wear with bumped edges.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $4,250

Closed on 2/6/2019