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A nicely detailed and 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. The three territories are shown as they were originally set up in 1868; they would not be admitted as states for another decade. Detail includes topography, rivers, settlements, Indian tribes and even the early railroads both in Montana and Wyoming. Of particular interest is the depiction of Yellowstone Park, established just seven years earlier. For its attractive presentation and interesting detail make it a nice example of late nineteenth century American cartography. $225
"Yellowstone National Park." Chicago: Geo. F. Cram, 1890s. 11 5/8 x 9 3/8. Engraving by Geo. F. Cram. Very good condition. $90
"Wyoming." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1918. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Overall good condition.
A delightful map of Wyoming issued in 1918 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 Wyoming includes a scene showing horses, sheep and cattle herding. The map series was first issued in 1889, but reissued in 1918 with the addition of updated statistics and roads, as shown on this map. $65
"Rand-McNally Standard Map of Wyoming." Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1925. 19 x 26. Cerograph. Printed in four colors. Full margins. Chip in bottom right margin, else, excellent condition.
An early twentieth century map from the Rand, McNally & Co. firm primarily out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. The map has impressive topographical and transportation detail; it was issued in the Rand McNally Commercial Atlas of America. In particular, the Wyoming Railroads are identified by the use of red stamped numbers explained in a key in the upper right. $150
Lloyd Edwin Smith. "Wyoming." From the Commercial Atlas of the World. Ed. by Frederick J. Branom. Chicago: Geographical Publishing Company, 1931. 14 1/2 x 20 7/8. Folio. Chromolithograph. Very good condition. $70
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