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G[eorge]. Woolworth Colton. Colton's Illustrated Cabinet Atlas and Descriptive Geography. Text by Richard Swainson Fisher. New York: J.H. Colton, 1862. Folio. Half title, frontispiece, title page, [5]-400 [pages interspersed with 53 colored lithographed maps], 1 page of advertisements. Ref.: Phillips, Atlases, 4341, calls for 52 maps, otherwise the same collation for an 1859 edition. See also Rumsey, 1690, and Baskes, also 1859 printings. Full leather boards with gold stamping on front and blind stamped back, and new leather spine with gold stamped title.

Here is a beautiful and unusual atlas that must have been intended for an elegant but scholarly owner. The lithographed maps are decorated with a delicate floral border that is lighter than what is usually found on atlas maps of the period. Colton's maps usually had a strapwork border. Hundreds of wood engraved illustrations and maps show the reader pictures and city plans of locations throughout the world and with emphasis on the United States. Two to six such illustrations are devoted to each state. Depictions of a number of observatories around the world are included. No reference is made anywhere to the current Civil War in America. The lithographed maps are copyrighted in 1860; back of title page is copyrighted 1858. $2,200

Atlas To Accompany Chambers's Encyclopædia. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1869. Quarto. Cloth binding with wear at corners. Loose and with some torn cloth at hinges. 40 maps. Some maps with minor stains and browning. Overall, good condition. Phillips: 4351a.

A Philadelphia edition of the atlas issued to accompany the encyclopedia issued by the Edinburgh firm of W. & R. Chambers. The atlas includes historical and modern maps of the continents and major countries. This edition includes a map of the western U.S. and one of the eastern U.S. The maps show clear detail, with color used to distinguish political boundaries. $175
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G[riffith] M[organ] Hopkins. Atlas of Philadelphia and environs: from official records, private plans, and actual surveys based upon plans deposited in the Department of Surveys surveyed & published under the direction of G.M. Hopkins, C.E., 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 1877. F. Bourquin Steam Lithographic Press, 31 South 6th Street, Philadelphia. Folio. Worn boards and spine; front hinge broken. Interior clean and complete (pp. 1-25, 28, 33-87; 50 colored maps). Includes historical sketch of Montgomery County. Moak, Atlases of Pennsylvania: 407.

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Rand, McNally & Co. New Handy Atlas of the United States of America and Dominion and Canada. Chicago: Continental Publishing Co., 1884. Cloth. Octavo. Gold stamped title on cover is bright. Front cover is stained and minor warping. 128pp.

An early Rand, McNally & Co. atlas. As described in the title: "Containing New Colored Maps of Each State and Territory in the United States, with Special Maps of Provinces in the Dominion, together with full descriptive matter, Relative to the Topography, Climate, History, Population by Sex, Race and Color Etc., Etc.. Graphically illustrated by colored diagrams." Rand, McNally & Co. used cerography to make their maps (cf. Morse atlas above). $350

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