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S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., of Philadelphia, was one of the largest map publishers of the middle of the nineteenth century. The firm was founded by his father, who from around the middle of the nineteenth century issued atlases and maps of all parts of the world in all formats. The Mitchell atlases contained up-to-date maps which were as attractive as they were accurate. With its bold hand-color, decorative borders, and interesting information from this interesting period of American history, this is a fine example of the Mitchell firm's output and showing the newly formed Lincoln County. $100
"Virginia & West Virginia." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1875. 11 1/4 x 14 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A nicely detailed map of the states of Virginia and West Virginia by the Gray map publishing firm out of Philadelphia. They are shown with their present borders, which were established a little over a decade before this map was issued. The map shows the towns, rivers, mountains, counties, and canals in each state in the year before the nation's centennial. Of particular interest are the railroads, which crisscross the states, and the inset maps of Richmond and Norfolk. $175
Frank A. Gray. "Gray's New Topographical Map of Virginia and West Virginia." Lithograph. Philadelphia: O. W. Gray, 1877. 16 1/4 x 27. Portions of map extend beyond frame line. Insets of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Harbor and Harpers Ferry, plus one showing a "Hypsometric Sketch" of the states' elevations. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A nicely detailed map showing counties, towns, canals, roads, railroads & topography by the Philadelphia firm of O.W. Gray and Son. The firm began its publishing around mid-century and published regional and U.S. atlases up to the 1880s. This map is typical of their work, and its attractive presentation and interesting detail make it a nice example of late nineteenth century Philadelphia cartography. $225
"Map of Pleasants Co. W. Va. and Wood Co. W. Va." Chicago & Toledo: H.H. Hardesty & Co., 1882. 13 1/8 x 9 1/4. Original hand color. Excellent condition.
One page from an atlas of counties in West Virginia; one side shows Wood County, the other Pleasants County. An unusual series of maps issued in Chicago and Toledo towards the end of the nineteenth century. During this period there was a growing interest in travel and business throughout North America, and publishers saw this as an opportunity for issued detailed and accurate maps of the states and provinces. The maps from this series, issued by Hiram H. Hardesty & Co., are typical of period, with detail including roads and railroads, small towns and large cities, rivers and lakes and much other topographical information. $30
"Virginia and West Virginia." Ca. 1890s. 13 3/8 x 20 5/8. Very good condition. $40
"West Virginia." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1889. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Overall good condition.
A delightful map of West Virginia issued in 1889 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 card of West Virginia includes a vignette scene showing an oil refinery. $60
[West Virginia] From Indexed Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., -1899. 19 x 26. Cerograph. Full original color. Very good condition.
A late nineteenth century map from the early days of the Rand, McNally & Co. firm out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. Typical of the work from the firm, this map has very good detail, precisely and neatly exhibited. Topographic and social information, counties, roads, and many more details are illustrated. By the end of the nineteenth century, development in the state is shown extending up into the pan handle and to the west. Railroad information is also presented. Aesthetically and cartographically a foreshadow of the maps of the twentieth century. $175
George F. Cram. "West Virginia." Chicago: G.F. Cram & Co., 1928. Small folio. 10 1/2 x 14. Colored cerograph. Very good condition. Map of Washington state on reverse.
A colorful, detailed map of the state West Virginia from the post-World War I period as automobile travel was expanding. The George Cram Company was an engraving and publishing firm from Chicago. In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of cartographic publishing was New York City, but in the 1880s this began to shift towards Chicago with the advent of the Rand, McNally and Cram firms. These firms were noted for their efficient output of precise maps filled with useful and up-to-date political and cultural information, and details on roads, towns, railroads and so forth. $125
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