The American Household and Commercial Atlas of the World
New York: Taintor Brothers & Co, 1874. Hardcover. Important and scarce post Civil War atlas of the US, during the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, the map of North America showing "United States Alaska Territory" (purchased in 1867) and the transcontinental railroad (completed in 1869). With Plate XXXII showing Texas with all the settled counties, and Indian Territory just to the north, Arizona and New Mexico to the west. Plate XXXIV with all the western states shown, from Dakota west to Washington and down to Nevada. Wyoming is shown with the newly formed Yellowstone National Park (established by Congress and signed into law by US Grant in 1872) within a ruled rectangular border and the transcontinental railroad and Bozeman Pass to the north of the Park. Also shows Colorado prior to its 1876 admission as the 38th state. Double page map of Florida with an inset of the Florida keys, indicating the southern portion of the mainland as Indian Hunting Ground. Incredible network of waterways are also indicated in this area. The 'Map of Oceanica (sic)' (LIII & LIV) shows the west coast of the United States down to Australia, Malaysia and Polynesia, with the sea routes from San Francisco to the Sandwich Islands, and continuing on to Sydney, Hobart and Perth. Showing the Queensland border going straight across, continuous with the southern border of South Australia, with Brisbane left in New South Wales. This border was determined in 1862. The ocean colored with a pale wash. Elephant folio, [iv] preliminary leaves, 38 color maps on 54 leaves, 55-60 pages, 1-42 pages. Includes an "Index to post offices in the United States" (pp 1-42) which follows p. 60. Each state with the counties in different colors, the borders in red. Half brown leather and green gilt cloth. Spine a bit chipped at edges, corners bumped, cloth at front board below decorative gilt title is marked, small perforation in cloth surrounded by area of discoloration. Internally, the maps in very good condition. With an elaborately lettered inscription at the ffep, "Purchased at auction of T. C. Simpson, MD, Nov. 11 1908", with a presentation inscription below, by Krook, from West Fairlee, Vermont. OCLC: 81774194 records one copy, at the Huntington Library. Trove 50081467.
(Inventory #: 22344)
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