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
"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
"Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley & Bro., 1884. 15 7/8 x 22 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A precisely detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bro. Bradley took over the publication of Mitchell's New General Atlas in the early 1880s and this is a fine example of nineteenth century American mapmaking. It shows the states with impressive detail, with emphasis on rivers, towns, and the myriad railroad lines criss-crossing the states. Counties are named and are delineated in attractive pastel colors. $150
"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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