Andrea's Historical Atlas of Dakota
first edition Hardcover
1884 · Chicago
by Andreas, A. T.
Chicago: A. T. Andreas. Good with no dust jacket. 1884. First Edition. Hardcover. Original 3/4 leather over brown cloth with re-backed leather spine. Gilt title on front. Boards are moderately soiled with evidence of moisture damage, however no evidence of moisture damage within the atlas. Interior remains relatively clean with sporadic light soiling and foxing. Title page shows two repairs near spine. One moisture splat on back of title page. Edge wear to first three pages not affecting content. The folding 1884 Dakota Territory Rand McNally Map (28 x 20 1/2 inches) is in remarkably good condition. This atlas represents the first comprehensive atlas of Dakota Territory. Andreas completed his well-known and rare Iowa atlas in 1875. He also published other mid-west atlases including Minnesota and Indiana. These projects were very expensive needing surveyors, biographers, historians and of course a sales team. The Dakota atlas was completed five years before the Dakotas split into north and south. Pages 13-84 are composed of county maps mostly with red border delineations. Remainder of atlas offers a territorial history plus individual county histories followed by biographical sketches of prominent citizens. While not uncommon in institutions, this atlas is rarely found in commerce, especially in this better than usual condition for a period atlas. Printed by R. R. Donnelley & sons, The Lakeside Press. Atlas protected by custom maroon clamshell box. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 232 pp . (Inventory #: 020487)