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Mitchell: Alaska 1867
"North Western America Showing the Territory Ceded by Russia to the United States."Phialdelphia: S.A. Mitchell Jr., 1867. 11 1/2 x 14 5/8. Lithograph. Full original hand color. Very good condition.

A map of Alaska, showing "Seward's Folly" the same year it was ceded by Russia to the United States for $7,200,000. At the time there was much controversy about this purchase-subsequently seen to be one of the best acquisitions ever made for the country. The map shows the general absence of development or settlement in the territory, as well as overall lack of knowledge of the geography of Alaska, which explains why this purchase was so misunderstood. This map was based by Philadelphia mapmaker, S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. upon a large map done by the U.S. Coastal Survey. The coastlines and major rivers are shown with excellent accuracy, but only slight indication is given of the shape of other inland features like the Chigmit Mountains. $195

"Map of the Territory of Alaska (Russian America) Ceded by Russia to the United States." Philadelphia: Gray, 1873. 12 x 16 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

This map was issued by the Philadelphia firm of O.W. Gray, which began its publishing around mid-century and published regional and U.S. atlases up to the 1880s. It shows Alaska shortly after it was acquired by the United States from Russia (1867). The coast line and the islands lying off it, with the cities there, is well documented. In the interior, the main mountain ranges, rivers and settlements are noted, but this was a period was little was known beyond the coast. One of the better maps of Alaska at the time. JT OUT ON APPROVAL

"Alaska." Chicago: George F. Cram, ca. 1880. 9 5/8 x 12 3/8. Color cerograph. Very good condition. $60

U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries. "Aliaska Peninsula and Adjacent Islands 1888." Large folding map to accompany Report on Explorations of Alaskan Fishing Grounds, in Bulletin U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries for 1888. 30 1/2 x 63 (full sheet). Printed by lithography by Matthews, Northrup & Co. in Buffalo and New York. Slight chipping along top border just touching neatlines. Not in Phillips, Maps. A scarce survivor. $225

Arbuckle Alaska
"Alaska." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1889. Ca. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

From a delightful series of maps issued by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company. This firm was founded by John and Charles Arbuckle of Pittsburgh, PA. They developed a machine to weigh, fill, seal and label coffee in paper packages, which allowed them to become the largest importer and seller of coffee in the world. Their most famous promotional program involved the issuing of several series of small, colorful trading cards, one of which was included in every package of Arbuckle's Coffee. These series included cards with sports, food, historic scenes, and--one of the most popular--maps. The latter cards included not only a map, but also small illustrations "which portrays the peculiarities of the industry, scenery, etc." of the region depicted. These cards are a delight, containing informative maps as well as wonderful scenes of the area mapped. $60

Rand McNally: Alaska 1892
"Alaska." From Rand McNally & Co.'s Indexed Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1892. 9 1/4 x 12 1/8. Chromolithograph. Very good condition. $55


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