Auction 173, Lot 40

"Topography of the United States of America", Yaggy, Levi W.

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, United States

Period: 1893 (dated)

Publication: Yaggy's Geographical Portfolio

Color: Printed Color

34.5 x 22 inches
87.6 x 55.9 cm

This topographical chart presents the contiguous United States, with each of the states depicted in outline. The dramatic topography of both the Rockies and Appalachians are contrasted with the large river system in the middle of the country, draining to the Mississippi River and finally the Gulf of Mexico. This chart was one of 9 prints issued in Levi Yaggy's Geographical Portfolio.

Originally issued as an educational aid, these charts are among the most distinctive and stunning comparative charts ever published. Unlike the smaller, simpler and more analytical comparative charts found in atlases, Yaggy's images present a living landscape set with an exaggerate scale which gives each a strange and other-worldly appearance. These are exquisite and scarce examples of multi-stone lithography with each stone carrying a different color ink to build up the image to a complex, beautiful image. Yaggy wrote and published several books ranging from healthful living to ancient history culminating with large format anatomical and geographical studies intended for the classroom market.


Condition: B+

There is some minor creasing and light surface abrasions from use. A small edge tear is confined to the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $275 - $350


Closed on 6/5/2019