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Vander Maelen Columbia River
Philippe Vander Maelen. [Mouth of the Columbia River]. Amerique Septentrionale; No. 38. From Atlas Universel. Brussels: P. Vander Maelen, 1827. 18 1/4 x 20. Lithograph by H. Ode. Original outline hand coloring. Expertly conserved with repairs to small tears. Else excellent condition.

A well executed and very detailed map from Vander Maelen's monumental atlas of 1827, the Atlas Universel. This atlas was one of the most remarkable world atlases ever produced, anticipating the International Map of the World and showing for the first time the entire land mass of the world on a uniform scale. The entire atlas consisted of 400 maps drawn on a scale of ca. 1:1.6 million, with as precise and accurate information as was then available. This atlas was also the first to be made totally with lithography. This map shows the area on either side of the mouth of the Columbia River. This is a very early map to focus just on this area and a note mentions Lewis & Clark's arrival at the Pacific Ocean. Also included are the tracks of early explorer's ships, including those of Cook and Vancouver. Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helen, and Mt. Jefferson are indicated, as is Puget Sound. Forts Astoria and Clatsop, at the mouth of the river, are indicated, and Indian tribes throughout are named. A wonderful and scarce map of the American northwest. $500

Washington Territory
"Washington Territory." 1863. 16 5/8 x 21 3/8. Lithograph. Published in Washington by the U.S. Government Printing Office in 1864. Folded as issued. Fragile at folds, but complete.

A fascinating map showing knowledge of this area during the years of the American Civil War. $110

Johnson Ward Washington Oregon Idaho
Johnson and Ward. "Johnson's Washington, Oregon, and Idaho." 1864. 13 5/8 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

An updated version of the above map by Johnson and Ward showing new political boundaries. Whereas the 1863 edition of Johnson's map showed the newly created Idaho Territory, which came on the heels of the newly formed Washington Territory, this map illustrates new divisions with the introduction of the Montana and Dakota Territories. The middle and northern sections of Idaho's present eastern boundary approximate what is shown on this map, but the south-eastern section extends to the 110th meridian, apparently until Wyoming came along. Interestingly, the eastern boundary lines to the north are credited to the influence of one man, Sidney Edgerton, an Ohio congressman, who relocated to the Idaho Territory for a judicial appointment. Originally, the Idaho legislature had proposed that the eastern border follow the Continental Divide. Feeling jilted with his placement in the north of the Territory east of the Rockies, Edgerton exercised his influence in Washington and allied with his neighbors in Montana to push the state line westward, from the Rocky Mountains to the ridgeline formed by the Coeur d'Alene and Bitterroot Mountains. $225

Gray Washington Oregon
Frank A. Gray. "Map of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia." From Gray's Atlas. 1873. 14 5/8 x 12. Original hand color. Small stain in lower Oregon. Otherwise, very good.

A nicely detailed and very early map of the northwestern part of the United States by the Philadelphia firm of O.W. Gray. The firm began its publishing around mid-century and published regional and U.S. atlases up to the 1880s, first as O.W. Gray and then O.W. Gray & Son. This map is typical of their work, presenting the latest information available with clear and precise detail. Detail includes topography, rivers, settlements, Indian tribes and even early railroads and the shipping route to the mouth of the Columbia River. For its attractive presentation and interesting detail make it a nice example of late nineteenth century American cartography. $125

Pacific States and Territories
S. Augustus Mitchell. "County and Township Map of Oregon and Washington." Philadelphia: S. A. Mitchell, 1880. 20 x 14 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography. This fine map is from his atlas issued in 1880, and it depicts as current geographical information as was available at the time. Major topographical features are indicated, as are the routes of the principal land explorations and railroads of the nineteenth century. Also shown are major political divisions, highlighted with contrasting colors, giving us an interesting picture of the area in 1880. $75

W.M. Bradley. "County and Township Map of Oregon and Washington." W.M. Bradley & Bros., 1886. 19 3/4 x 14 1/2. Original hand outline color. Very good condition.

An updated version of Mitchell's County and Township Map of Oregon and Washington published six years later, and showing the expanded development of the platting system of surveying across the west. Informationally little else has been added to this edition. $75

Hunt Eaton Washington Oregon
"Washington and Oregon." New York: Hunt & Eaton, 1890. 11 1/4 x 9 1/4. Engraving by L.B. Folger. Very good condition.

An attractive atlas map published one year after Washington was admitted to the Union of States. $45

"Map of Western Washington Showing Density of Merchantable Timber." From U.S. Geographical Survey's Nineteenth Annual Report Part V PL. V. New York: Julius Bien & Co., 1898. 17 3/4 x 14 3/4. Lithograph. Very good condition. $45

"Map of Washington Forest Reserve, Showing Distribution of Timber Species." From U.S. Geographical Survey's Nineteenth Annual Report Part V PL. LXXV. New York: Julius Bien & Co., 1898. 18 x 16 1/2. Lithograph. Very good condition. $45

H.B. Ayers, W.G. Steele, and M.W. Gorman. "Map of Washington Forest Reserve, Showing Wooded, Burned, and Restocked Areas and the Density of Merchantable Timber, in Feet B.M." From U.S. Geographical Survey's Nineteenth Annual Report Part V PL. LXXIV. New York: Julius Bien & Co., 1898. 18 x 16 1/2. Lithograph. Very good condition. $45

Rand McNally Washington
"Standard Map of Washington." From Rand McNally & Co.'s Commercial Atlas of America. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., ca. 1900. 19 x 25 1/4. Very good condition.

Large, atlas map of Washington detailing railroad and shipping lines and topography, and includes an index of major railroads operating within the state. Index to principal cities and census population data shown in left margin, and an index to towns on reverse. $55

Samuel J. Humes. "Highway Map State of Washington." Washington State Highway Department, January 1928. 15 1/2 x 20 3/4 (neat lines) plus full margins. Photostat on heavy paper. Folds from former use. A fine example.

This early highway map plats the entire state and conveys topography, primary and secondary highways with numbers and historic names, while distinguishing among paved, graveled, earth, and proposed roads. An intricate and detailed map. $150

Lloyd Edwin Smith. "Washington." From the Commercial Atlas of the World. Ed. By Frederick J. Branom. Chicago: Geographical Publishing Company, 1931. 14 5/8 x 20 7/8. Folio. Chromolithograph. Very good condition.

Large colored map of Washington showing railroad lines, with index to counties and towns, and census data on reverse. Photographic views on reverse showing timber in eastern Washington and a birdseye view of the city of Spokane. $55

Cram Tacoma
"Tacoma." Chicago: Geo. F. Cram, 1890s. 13 x 8 7/8. Engraving by Geo. F. Cram. Very good condition. $65

Arbuckle Washington
"Washington." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, ca. 1915. Ca. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

A delightful map issued about 1890 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. This map of Washington is a wonderful example, including vignette illustrations showing a lumber mill and a cargo ship. $60

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