April 4, 2015 - 15,342 New Maps Added

15,342  new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 58,078 maps and related images. Highlights in this addition are over 2,000 Pictorial Maps; the Claes Janszoon Visscher 1611 Leo Belgicus map;  the 1570 and 1608 editions of the Ortelius Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; a massive group of German Invasion plans for England, Wales, and Ireland in WW II; 1682 Map of the areas around Mexico City; 2 important early atlases of Swiss Topography; Seutter's 1744 Atlas Minor; Harriet E. Baker's extraordinary 1819 Book of Penmanship; 1886 Imperial Federation Map of the British Empire; Henry Wellge's beautiful panoramic view of Yellowstone National Park 1904; a 1912 wall map of rebuilt San Francisco, The Exposition City; Perry's extraordinary mining map of West Kootenay, 1893; Harry Beck's groundbreaking London Underground map 1933 along with Moholy-Nagy's nod to Beck in his 1937 Imperial Airways Map; 3 Atlases by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency; Landform maps by Irwin Raisz; Bertelli's 1568 World Map; a group of Timelines and an unusual map of Evolution by the author of the Histomap.  All titles may be found by clicking on the View links or images below.  Or click here to view all 15,342 new maps and images.

Novissima, et Accuratissima Leonis Belgici, Seu Septemdecim Regionum Descriptio. 1611
Visscher, Claes Janszoon, Amsterdam
The second state of printing of this map, without Visscher's address. This map is considered one of the finest map engravings of the 17th century (Van de Heijden) and it celebrates the Twelve Years' Truce (1609-1621) between Spain and the Netherlands. There are many references and symbols of the peace in the map - as such, it is one of the earliest propaganda maps. The theme of the low countries (Belgium and the Netherlands today) as a lion appears on several maps of the period and this sitting lion is considered one of the finest examples. The date is estimated, but sometime between 1611 and 1621.  View Map

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. 1570
Ortelius, Abraham, Antwerp
First edition of the first atlas of the world. From Koeman: "The unique position held by Ortelius' Theatrum in the history of cartography is to be attributed primarily to its qualification as 'the world's first regularly produced atlas.' Its great commercial success 'enabled it to make so great a contribution to geographical culture throughout Europe in the later 16th century.' (Skelton)... The characteristic feature of the Theatrum is, that it consists of two elements, forming a unitary whole: text and maps. This concept for a "Theatre of the world" was followed through the 17th century. Before Ortelius, no one and done this and thus, the chorus of praise which arose as a result of this - and the excellent text - was far from slight... Another important aspect of the Theatrum is that it was the first undertaking of its kind to reduce the best available maps to a uniform format. To that end, maps of various formats and styles had to be generalized just like the modern atlas-publisher of today would do. In selecting maps for his compilation, Ortelius was guided by his critical spirit and his encyclopaedic knowledge of maps." Van der Krogt lists 37 editions, with the last edition published in 1641, long after Ortelius' death in 1598. Uncolored. Text in Latin.
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Universale Descrittione Di Tutta la Terra Conosciuta Fin Qui. 1568
Bertelli, Donato; Forlani, Paolo; Gastaldi, Giacomo, Venice
"Generally considered to be the rarest of the so-called Forlani series of World maps, Donato Bertelli's map is drawn from Paolo Forlan's World map of 1565 (Forlani 3), which in turn is based upon Giacomo Gastaldi's 1546 prototype world map and Forlani's earlier world map of 1560. The map is extremely rare. Forlani has populated the unknown southern land mass with imaginary topographical features as well as unlikely animals - among them a camel, an elephant, a lion, a rhinoceros and most outlandish, a griffin and a unicorn. This feature is faithfully copied by Bertelli.  North America is still shown joined to Asia, separated by the "Golfo di Tonzo," with Japan at its center. Bertelli's large world map was published in 1568, two years after Venice would reach what David Woodward calls the "zenith of map engraving." (Ruderman) The map is highly decorative, featuring two cherubs in the top corners blowing the winds. Other embellishments include: numerous sea monsters, a nude figure riding a large sea creature, nine sailing vessels, and varied land animals.   View Map

Theatro Del Mondo Di Abrahamo Ortelio: Da lui poco inanzi la sua morte riveduto, & di tavole nuove, et commenti adorno, & arricchito con la vita dell'Autore. Traslato in Lingua Toscana dal Sigr. Filippo Pigafetta. In Anversa, Appresso Giovanni Bapta. Vrintio, M.DC.VIII. 1608
Ortelius, Abraham; Vrients, Jan Baptista, Antwerp
Koeman: "This the first edition ever printed with Italian text. The heirs of Abraham Ortelius sold a manuscript translation by Filippo Pigafetta to Vrients, which was then printed by him. In this translation, the Parergon and the Nomenclator were included. Apart from this, Vrients also added at the end, an Introduction to Cosmography, written by Michel Coignet. Several new maps appear here for the first time." Vrients added 8 new maps, making this combined Theatrum and Parergon edition the largest with 166 maps - 128 maps in the "Theatrum", and 38 maps in  the "Parergon." The Theatrum and Parergon plates are uncolored. The Parergon is Ortelius' atlas of ancient geography. Koeman: "This atlas of ancient geography must be regarded as a personal work of Ortelius. For this work he did not, as in the Theatrum, copy other people's maps but drew the originals himself which were later engraved by Jan Wierix i.a. He took many places and regions from the lands of classical civilization to illustrate and clarify their history, a subject very close to his heart... The maps and plates of the Parergon have to be evaluated as the most outstanding engravings depicting the wide-spread interest in classical geography in the 16th century."
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Provincia d[e] S. Diego de Mexico en la nueba Espana, 1682
Ysarti, Antonio; Medina, Baltasar de, Mexico
This is the first state of one of the first copper-engraved maps published in Mexico. The map is centered on Mexico City and presents a bird's-eye view of central Mexico extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. The title cartouche mentions 12 convents in the region, which are depicted on the map. The map was engraved by the highly skilled Antonio Ysarti for publication in Baltasar de Medina's Chronica de la Santa Provincia de San Diego de Mexico. This scarce map is an important milestone in Mexican cartography and the history of the Americas.  View Map

(German Invasion Plans for England, Wales, and Ireland in WW II). Militargeographische Einzelandgaben uber England. Militargeographische Objektkarten mit Objektbilden 1, The Border, Inhaltsangabe umseitig. Generalstab des Heeres, (Military High Command). Abtellung fur Kriegskrten und Vermessungswesen (IV. Mil.-Geo.), Berlin 1940-1942
Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) (Nazi German Supreme Command of the Armed Forces), Berlin
In preparing to invade Britain, the German military preparations included the production in 1940-1942 of a series of military/geographical assessments, showing what might be found by those arriving. This material was also used in a military evaluation of the regions of the British Isles, and considered each from the viewpoint of invasion. The full assessment consists of eleven folders for England and Wales with separate folders for  Ireland, London, and the South Coast of England. Each folder contains large scale town plans marked with strategic locations, a book of photographs and a quarter-inch map of the area, each folder titled “Militärgeographisch e Einzelangaben über England” (Maps of England showing features of military significance) and “Militärgeographisch e Objektkarten mit Objektbildern” (Maps of military installations with photographs.” Also there are three thick A5 sized folders containing books and maps: Folder A : England and Wales, on a regional basis with numerous photographs and maps; Folder B : London, photographs and maps; and Folder C : Books of coastal photographs to help with selecting invasion beaches. In addition, there is material on the planned invasion of Ireland - Operation Green (Unternehmen Grün). There are 144 six-inch town maps marked with strategic locations, and almost 1500 black and white photographs. The maps are copies of Ordnance Survey maps, with overprints highlighting sites which the Germans would have considered targets in any invasion. Most maps and books are headed: “Nur für den Dienstgebrauch!” (For Official use only.) We will be placing this collection online in the coming months. (credit to David Archer for description).  View Maps

Atlas Suisse. 1802
Weiss, T.H.; Meyer, Johann Rudolf , Aarau
The Atlas Suisse by Johann Rudolf Meyer and Johann Heinrich Weiss is the oldest map series based upon scientific survey and covering the whole of Switzerland. It was published between 1786 and 1802 and included 16 sheets and an overview map. The 16 sheets measure 70 centimetres (28 in) x 51 centimetres (20 in), and depict Switzerland at a scale of approximately 1:120,000. Until the appearance of the Dufour Map (1845-1865), the Atlas Suisse was the map series with the most accurate coverage of Switzerland. In French. Relief shown with shaded hachures. Glaciers shown in blue.   View Atlas

Three Timelines, 1806, 1813, and 1887
Various Authors, Various Places
The 1806 Timeline by David Rowland is one of the earliest American Timelines. The 1813 Chronology Delineated by Issac Eddy takes the timeline idea a step further and shows the flow of events as great rivers of time. The 1887 timeline by Jacob Skeen is one of the strangest and most complex timelines we have seen.
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War Map of the Middle States : Balloon View of Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee and parts of Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. 1861
Bufford, J. H., Boston
Colored rare bird’s-eye view of the theater of conflict at the opening of the American Civil War. The view extends from Chesapeake Bay in the foreground to encompass the Appalachians and the watersheds of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Shows topographical features, cities and towns, roads and railroads, and areas of elevation and waterways, in an unusual oblique view that captures a larger amount of landscape than appears in other Civil War views such as the Bachmanns (see our copies). Relief shown by shadings. Tables in the left and right margins show distances by rail between Washington, D.C.; Cairo, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri and other parts of the country. The map tracks the Mississippi as far south as Memphis. The whole is centered on Louisville, Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley.   View Map

Carta General del Estado de Veracruz-Llave. Index Map: Diagrama de Relacionamiento. 1905
VComision Geografico-Exploradora am
First edition. A set of 12 very detailed maps of the state of Veracruz-Llave in Mexixo. A second edition with 9 maps was issued in 1919.   View Maps

A set of fifty new and correct maps of the counties of England and Wales, &c. with the great roads and principal cross-roads, &c. 1724
Moll, Herman, d. 1732, London
Maps showing roads, cities and towns, mines, cemeteries, landmarks, light house, etc. From Moll's title: "with the great roads and principal cross-roads, &c. Shewing the computed miles from town to town... And, to render this work more acceptable to the curious, the margins of each map are adorned with great variety of very remarkable antiquities."   View Atlas

(Map of Bavaria, Germany) Sacri Romani imperii circuli et electoratus Bavariæ tabula chorographica. 1663
Apian, Philip; Finckh, Georg Philipp, Augsburg
G.P. Finckh's version of Philip Apian's 1568 map of Bavaria, engraved by Ainling. Apian travelled through Oberbayern and Neiderbayern, Oberpfalz, archbishopric Salzburg and Bishopric Eichstatt, conducting a survey of the landscape based on methods of trigonometry and triangulation, creating the first map of an entire country by this method. Inset on the lower center of map showing the triangulation and mapping instruments. Coat of Arms of Bavaria which are flanked by lions & view of Munchen on the upper left corner and a large vignette with a portrait of Maximiliano Emmanveli (Maximilian I, The Great), the Elector of Bavaria by Georg P. Finckh on the upper right of the map.  View Map

A Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians in New-England, from ... 1607 to this present year 1677.
Foster, John, Boston
First edition, first state (10 line errata); map and first three leaves (of the Narrative) and last leaf (of the Sermon) in expert facsimile. Remnants of original Ratcliff binding laid on new leather (see Streeter for importance of Ratcliff binding). Contains the first map printed in English America, titled "A Map of New England, Being the first that ever was here cut..." Later in the year, a London edition appeared with a similar map, but with the "White Hills" of the Boston edition map changed to the "Wine Hills." The text of the "Narrative" is considered a cornerstone authority on the subject of Indian troubles in New England in the 17th century. View Book and Map

Accurata delineatio celeberrimae Regionis Ludovicianae vel Gallice Louisiane, 1720
Seutter, Matthaeus, Augsburg, Germany
Seutter's Mississippi Bubble map, depicting the short-lived French financial-colonial scheme masterminded by Scottish financier John Law. Map shows early eighteenth century geography, settlements, and territories in North America focusing on the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. Elaborate title cartouche, depicts an allegorical, satirical scene of the infamous Mississippi Bubble investment scheme with a female personification of the Mississippi River pouring jewels and riches forth, while she is perched precariously upon a bubble. Cherubs above the cartouche are issuing stock for the company, and another group is blowing bubbles in the foreground surrounded by piles of worthless stocks. In the background, desperate investors climb a small tree and fling themselves out of it, and in the foreground more disconsolate investors wail and bemoan their fates as one tries to impale himself on his sword. Above them, a cherub upends an empty money-bag. View Map

Atlas minor praecipua orbis terrarum imperia, Regna et Provincias, Germaniae Potissimum, tabellis 50 exacte declineatis sistens usui militiae ducum ac peregrinantium maxime accomodatus opera Matthaei Seutteri, Sac. Caes. Maj. Geogr. Aug. Vind. Jacob Christoph Weyerman ... 1744
Seutter, Matthaeus; Weyerman, Jacob Campo, Augsburg, Germany
Atlas minor: this is Seutter's small version of his larger folio atlas; many of the maps are reductions of his folio atlas maps. Seutter was a map publisher, engraver, and globe maker who worked in Augsburg, Germany, his entire life (1678 to c.1757). This atlas includes maps of empires, kingdoms and provinces, Germany, etc., with 59 copper plate outline and full color maps. World map bound upside down. Date of publication from: Tooley, R.V. Dict. of mapmakers. Drawn by Jacob Christoph Weyerman, engraved by Albrecht Seutter, Andrea Silbereisen, Tobias Lotter, Matthaeus Lainpacher and Martin Gottfried Crophius. Numbered manuscript index at the front written in French. Tucked into the atlas is a folded circular celestial map of the southern hemisphere. Includes a map of Genoa not listed in the index. Each map shows one or more cartouches with figures, animals etc. Bound in marble papered, half leather covers with no title on cover.

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Astronomischen Bilderatlas von Ludwig Prentzinger … Schwaeb. Hall. Druck und Berlag von Wilhelm Nitzschke. (Astronomical Images Atlas of Ludwig Prentzinger ... Schwäb. Hall. Printed and Published by William Nitzschke), 1855.
Preyssinger, Ludwig, Schwäb. Hall
Date estimated. A teaching atlas to explain astronomy and meteorological phenomena.  Five of the 12 plates are perforated and backed with translucent colored paper to allow planets, moon, etc. to be illuminated from behind. We show the plain image followed by the illuminated image for Plates 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. One of several editions - also in French 1862, Swedish 1862, English 1851, German 1851.   View Atlas

(Facsimile) Rocque's Map of London. 1746. Original map titled "A plan of the cities of London and Westminster, and borough of Southwark." (1746) 1919
Rocque, John; Pine, John; London Topographical Society, London
This is considered the best facsimile of the original Rocque Map of London, first published in 1746. 48 sheets, each pair joins to form one of the original 24 sheets. Original published in October, 1746 by John Pine and John Tinney. Sheets arranged in rows 1-3 by column, A-H; each sheet printed in two pieces (a) above (b).  

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A New Chart of History, 1769
Priestley, Joseph, London
Priestley popularized the timeline format with his influential Chart of Biography in 1765. He was inspired by the Thomas Jefferys' 1753 model for a historical chart, A Chart of Universal History, upon which he improved – by regularizing the distribution of dates, by presenting time horizontally, and by emphasizing the continuous flow of historical time. This chart is identical to the Chart of Biography in size and scale. This innovative, colorful timeline exhibits regions and the unity of empires that cannot be represented by continuous space. Priestley runs his dates across the page from left to right.  View Chart

An account of the trigonometrical operation, whereby the distance between the meridians of the observatories of Greenwich and Paris has been determined By Major-General William Roy, F.R.S. and A.S. From the Philosophical Transactions, 1790 (with) An account of the trigonometrical survey carried on in the years 1791, 1792, 1793, and 1794...1795, 1796 (with) An account of the trigonometrical survey : carried on by order of the Master-General of his Majesty's Ordnance, in the years 1800, 1801, 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, and 1809.
Roy, William; Mudge, William; Colby, Thomas; Williams, Edward,  Various Places.
Includes Roy's paper on the Triangulation of Southeast England, which connected to the French network made by Jean Dominique Cassini, and resolved the dispute over the difference in longitude between the Paris and Greenwich observatories. It also laid the foundation for the whole triangulation of England and creation of Ordnance Survey.  The other two works provide a contemporary account of the early years of the Ordnance Survey, focusing on the methodology of triangulation and the equipment used during those first enterprises. The works were subsequently revised with two additional parts added, all published under a slightly different title between 1799 and 1811.  View Books

Allgemeiner Hand-Atlas der Ganzen Erde nach den besten astronomischen Bestimmungen, und zu A.C. Gaspari vollstaendigem Handbuche der neuesten Erdbeschreibung bestimmt. Weimar Im Vertage des Geographischen Instituts. 9. 1821
Geographisches Institut (Weimar, Germany); Gaspari, Adam Christian (1752-1830); Weimar
This edition of the Geographisches Institute atlas marks an important move away from the 18th century mode of mapmaking towards a style that reflects what we think of today as 19th century German mapmaking - the use of hachures instead of mountains drawn in profile, and a more uniform typography. Date based on newest maps in atlas. Relief shown in hachures. View Atlas

A Group of 10 School Atlases, Some Printed, Some Manuscript, 1799 to 1948
Various Authors, Various Places.
A group of 10 school atlases showing the changes in educational methods, printing methods, and cultural attitudes over a one hundred and fifty year period.  In German, French, and English. View Atlases

Four Early Maps of the British Ordnance Survey, Two of Kent, and One Each of Devon and Dorset, 1801 to 1811.
British Ordnance Survey, London.
The Map of Kent, here in two editions, was the first map issued by the Ordnance Survey, although William Faden is the listed publisher.  In the early years of the survey, instead of the grid system which was later adopted, the survey followed county boundaries to delineate the map issues. This is the case with the Kent, Devon, and Dorset maps shown here, as well as seven other counties along the south coast of England where the survey began its work. View Maps

A Map of the United States, Canada, New-Scotland, New-Brunswick and New-Foundland ... Carte Des Etats - Unis, Avec Le Canada, la Nouvelle Ecosse, le Nouveau Brunswick & Terre - Neuve. A Map of the West-Indies and the Mexican Gulph (Gulf) ...Carte Des Indes Occientale et du Golfe du Mexique... Dressee par Lapie, Capitaine-Ingenieur- Geographe. Publiee par P.A.F. Tardieu, Gravveur, Editeur-proprietaire , a Paris, Chez P.A.F. Tardieu. 1806
Tardieu, P.A.F.; Lapie, Pierre; Piquet, Chles., Paris
Second issue of this important and rare map, first issue was in June of 1806. Drawn by Pierre Lapie, this map joins two maps that were also issued separately. Shows Michigan Territory. The Lewis and Clark mapping is not yet incorporated for the upper Missouri River area. View Map

Carte von West-Gallizien, 1808
Heldensfeld, Anton Mayer von, Vienna.
Very large and detailed map of West Galicia (Poland). The Survey of West Gallicia was performed in 1801-1804 under the leadership of officer of Austrian army Anton Mayer von Heldensfeld (1777-1844). Engraved uncolored map segmented in 12 sheets, each 44.5x66, pasted on linen, each in 8 parts, 22x16.5. Drawn and engraved by Hieronimus Benedicti. Placed in slip cover and marbled cardboard case, with title : "West-Gallizien" on spine. Map showing major cities. fortress, church, etc. Relief shown by hachures. View Map

Harriet E. Baker's Book of Penmanship & Maps. At Mr. Dunham's School Windsor Vermont March 31, 1819
Baker, Harriet E.; Windsor, Vermont
The existence of this book of penmanship throws interesting light on our other book of penmanship by Frances Henshaw, our 2501.000. This book by Harriet Baker is dated four years earlier, 1819, and from another school in Windsor, Vermont (Henshaw's school was in Middlebury, Vermont). Generally, the two books follow very similar structure, both the text and the maps, which would indicate that the production of these books of penmanship was more frequent than previously thought and also suggests that there was a common template used, even by different schools, in their construction. It can be said that Baker's maps are exquisite, perhaps a bit more so than Henshaw's, but Henshaw's text descriptions of the states are more elaborate than Baker's. For some reason, Baker omits maps of New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, while including descriptions of most of them. Henshaw has no map or description of Michigan or Illinois. For the sources of the maps and text, see our entry for Henshaw's book, 2501.000
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Atlas Complet Du Precis De La Geographie Universelle De M. Malte-Brun; Dresse Conformement Au Texte De Cet Ouvrage Et Sous Les Yeux De L'Auteur, Par M. Lapie, Capitaine Ingenieur Geographe, 1812.
Malte-Brun, Conrad, Paris
These 75 maps have beautiful cartouches and hand painted outline color. Lapie made the maps. 1st edition. This atlas is up to date: the North America map shows the Lewis and Clark information and Lewis and Clark are discussed in the text explaining the map. In French. Relief shown in hachures or sketches. Extraordinary unique vignettes used for framing the title of each map.   View Atlas

Four Mountains and Rivers Maps, 1820 - 1870
Various Authors, Various Places.
Four very different treatments of the Mountain and Rivers map theme that was popular throughout the 19th century. The two German maps are very statistical in their approach, while the English maps are very decorative.  View Maps

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Relief pittoresque du sol classique de la Suisse, dessine d'apres nature et grave a l'eau forte par Frederic Guillaume Delkeskamp, 1830
Delkeskamp, Friedrich Wilhelm, Frankfurt
An oblique bird's eye view of north-central Switzerland looking south from Lake Zurich. Each map has lengthy list of place names numbered to match locations on the map. Friedrich Wilhelm Delkeskamp was a noted Frankfurt painter who completed at least 12 panoramas and a wide variety of other works. He was noted for plastic-realistic and scientifically accurate representations. He was a publisher and traveled during most summers gathering materials for his illustrations. He was also noted for his mountaineering in order to gain high perspectives. View Maps

Atlas von Europa nebst den Kolonien : fur Geschaftsmanner, Zeitungsleser und Besitzer des Conversations-Lexico ns in einer Folge von Charten und einem alphabetisch eingerichteten. 1825
Schlieben, Wilhelm Ernst August; Hermann, O., Leipzig
Early topographical maps of Europe, together with the colonies for businessmen, newspaper readers ... by German geographical author, Wilhelm August von Schlieben (1781-1839), published in parts from 1825, in 3 volumes, and 15 parts; volume 1: 1-5, Volume 2: 6-10, Volume 3: 11-15. See also his Atlas von Amerika. Each volume includes outline hand colored maps, manuscript index, forward, table of content, extensive descriptive text and index. Not in Espenhorst. View Atlas

Atlas von Amerika in 30 Charten und einem erlauterndem Texte. Entworfen von W. E. A. von Schlieben ; die Charten lithographirt, Werner. Leipzig, bei George Joachim Goschen, 1830
Schlieben, Wilhelm Ernst August von, Leipzig
Early lithographic atlas of America, published at the time of von Schlieben's completion of his Atlas Europa (published in parts, 1825 to 1830,). Not in Espenhorst. Atlas of America, with 54 pages of text, index, abbreviations,and outline hand color maps, some folded. Includes Index. Bound in beige cardboard covers with decorative border, 35x26.5, title " W. E. A. von Schlieben, Atlas von Amerika. Leipzig, bei George Joachim Goschen". View Atlas

Twelve Nautical Chart Maps, 1831 - 1932
Various Authors, Various Places.
Included are an early and rare Berghaus Chart of the Approaches of Rio de Janeiro,  Charles Wilkes 1841 Map of Sacramento River and Bay of San Pablo with Harbor of San Francisco, two unusual 1852 wind and current visualizations by  Matthew Fontain Maury, Hermann Berghaus' Chart of the World on Mercator Projection 1863, James Imray's Chart of the Coast of Labrador 1891, and six charts of San Francisco Bay or parts thereof by the U.S. Coast Survey, 1905 to 1932. View Charts

A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial, (two editions, both dates 1838).
Bradford, Thomas G., Boston and New York.
Bradford's Comprehensive Atlas was one of the first relatively inexpensive atlases published in the United States.  The earlier copy is the Second edition. and has the first Texas map in an atlas. Description of Texas is 2 pages, but Texas is not yet called a Republic. This edition has separate maps of North Carolina and Georgia, in addition to the map of both Carolinas and Georgia. Also, the previously combined Alabama and Mississippi, and Tennessee and Kentucky are separate maps in this edition. Dated 1838 on the cover label. May have been issued also in 1836 or 1837. The later copy also has Texas as a republic and is the 3rd edition; full color in the maps. One page of text describes Texas. This edition has same extra maps as the second edition. Florida is enlarged.  View Atlases

Atlas von Asien in Zwanzig Blaettern, Zu C. Ritter's Allgemeiner Erdkunde, II. Abtheilung, 1840, (with) Atlas von Palaestina und der Sinai Halbinsel, 1850.
Grimm, J.L.;Mahlmann, H., Berlin
An unusual composite atlas. Consisting of 11 lithographic maps and 2 geologic profiles plus the following bound in parts of Carl Zimmermann's Atlas von Verder-Asien: Karte Inner Asien, 1841 (4 sectional sheets, a general plan and 2 small plates); Versuch einer Darstellung von Sued-Iran (1 map); Atlas von Palaestina und der Sinai Halbinsel, 1850 (title sheet and 15 sectional sheets). All Asian maps assembled here were published as a supplement to C. Ritter's Erdkunde. Color tinted borders. Relief shown in hachures. The Map of Palestine is unusually detailed for the period and predates the 1880 Map of Western Palestine published by the Palestine Exploration Fund.
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Three Different Copies of Tanner's Universal Atlas, 1833/1836, 1837, and 1842; A rare Map of Arkansas by Tanner, issued here as a pocket map but also appeared in Tanner's 1839 edition of the American Atlas.
Tanner, Henry S., Philadelphia
The first Tanner Universal Atlas in this group was issued in parts with blue covers for each part, starting in 1833 and continuing until 1836 when the atlas was complete. The second atlas is Tanner's revised 1837 edition, and the third atlas is the further revised 1842 edition. The Map of Arkansas by Tanner, 1839, was issued here as a pocket map but also appeared in the last edition of Tanner's large format American Atlas. View Atlases and Map
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Morse's Cerographic Atlases: The Bible Atlas, The Cerographic Atlas of the United States Published in Three parts in the New York Observer, The North American Atlas Published in Nine Parts, and the Missionary Atlas, 1833 to 1848.
Morse, Sidney E., New York.
Sidney E. Morse invented a new printing process called Cerography and used it to publish several inexpensive atlases in the 1830's and 1840's. Cerography is a method of engraving on a waxed plate on which a printing surface is created by electrotyping. It was refined by Rand McNally later in the century and became the basis of their sucessful map publishing business. The New York Observer newspaper published the first of Morse's two atlases, the Bible Atlas and the Atlas of the United States, both in this group. Harper Brothers published a revised version of the Atlas of the United States in 1845, here in the nine original parts with wrappers, titled the North American Atlas. Last issued was the Missionary Atlas which Morse himself published for the subscribers to the New York Observer.

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Report of a Geological Survey of Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota; and incidentally of a Portion of Nebraska Territory ...1852
Owen, David Dale, Philadelphia
An important, early geological survey of the midwest U.S. Includes twenty-one maps and geologic cross sections as well as numerous drawings. Large full color map bound into the back titled, "Geological Map of Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota ... Constructed from observations by the United States Geological Corps ... 1851." Report bound with green cloth covered boards with title embossed on spine. Illustrations bound with purple cloth covered boards with "Illustrations - Owen's Geological Survey" on cover in gold.

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The World's in Progress, 1854
Ensign, Bridgman, & Fanning, New York
An unusual timeline map in the form of a pictorial rolled map of the world, with elaborate borders, attached to wooden rod. Surrounded by Universal Dial Plate Or Times Of All Nations, various vignettes with explanation of the regions, kingdoms, and countries, lists of inventions and discoveries, distribution of men, Incidents of American history, Distinguished Americans, etc.   View Map

Karte von Deutschland dem Konigr.. in XXV Blattern. Entworfen und herausgegeben von Adolf Stieler, Neue Auflage 1853
Stieler, Adolf, Gotha
Stieler's massive 25 sheet map of Germany, probably the most detailed map of the area at the time. First issued in 1829, it was updated frequently with editions of 1848, 1850, 1853 (this copy), 1857, 1862, and a final edition in 1867 (see our partial 1867 copy). 25 sheets mounted on four linen backed panels. Each panel has paper label on the back naming quadrant. Fifteen different graphical scales shown. Color. Relief shown by hachures.   View Map

Morse's General Atlas of the World. Containing Seventy Maps, Drawn And Engraved From The Latest And Best Authorities By Charles W. Morse. With Descriptions And Statistics Of All Nations To The Year 1856
Morse, Charles W.; Colby, Charles A., New York
This is Charles Morse's only folio atlas. He uses many of the Morse and Breese cerographic maps, but hand colors them. Morse was no relation to the Jedidiah and Sidney Morse family, although he "traded" on the name. Morse also collaborated with Colby on the tiny Diamond Atlas. There is a second illustrated title page reading "Morse's General Atlas. Compiled From The Latest And Best European And American Authorities. Published by D. Appleton ... New-York. Herrick, Del. Roberts, Sc." Full color. Relief shown by hachures. Prime meridians Washington and Greenwich.  View Atlas

Ordnance Survey. Treasury minute, dated 18 May 1855, and previous papers, relating to the Ordnance Survey. (with) Report on the Ordnance Survey of the United Kingdom for 1855-56. (with) Ordnance Trigonometrical Survey. Principal Triangulation, 1858. (with) Abstracts of the principal lines of spirit levelling in England and Wales, 1861. (with) Extension of the triangulation of the Ordnance Survey into France and Belgium, 1863.
James, Henry, Southampton
Five books by Henry James, the Director General of the British Ordnance Survey from 1854 to 1875. Includes many letters, correspondence, and notes by James. First volumes includes 28 maps (some color) and plans. With 15 page manuscript notice demonstrating different printing methods: electrotype, photographic reduction, hill sketching, hill shading, engraving, lithography, zincography, and anastatic process. The other volumes include maps showing triangulation progress, altitude measurements, and instrument construction,  Includes indexes to the Ordnance Surveys of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland.  View Books

Diary of a Journey from the Mississippi to the Coasts of the Pacific With a United States Government Expedition. By Baldwin Mollhausen Topographical Draughtsman and Naturalist to the Expedition. With An Introduction by Alexander von Humboldt and Illustrations in Chromo-Lithography. Translated by Mrs. Percy Sinnett. In Two Volumes, 1858.
Mollhausen, Baldwin; (Lange, Henry), London
Impressive map of the Southwest entitled, "Map Illustrating Baldwin Mollhausen's Travels from the Mississippi to the Coast of the Pacific, in the years 1853-1854." Map engraved by Edward Weller. 2 volumes, with an introduction by Humboldt. Excellent account. The map is an English copy of the German edition by Henry Lange. Mollhausen was the topographer accompanying the Whipple expedition of 1853 for the Pacific Railroad Surveys. In addition to the maps and lithographs, there are 12 woodcut illustrations, chiefly of Indian utensils and drawings. View Book

A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World, 1859.
Mitchell, Samuel Augustus; Desilver, Charles, Philadelphia
This 1859 edition was published by Charles Desilver, copyright dates have been updated to 1859 or 1860, and was most likely issued in late 1859 or early 1860, as opposed to the previous 1859 edition that was published by Cushing & Bailey of 362 Market Street in Baltimore, with almost all copyrights dated 1856 (see: #4557.000). The maps bear the copyright and imprint of Charles Desilver 714 Chesnut Street. Changes from the 1859 edition includes a new map of Pennsylvania, two double page maps - map of Kansas by W.H. Holmes, and map of Mexico, with no pagination, as well as a double page map of Northern Italy which replaces map of Sardinia (Pl. 63), also various updates to individual maps.  View Atlas

Lloyd's American railroad map of the United States, showing the three proposed roads and the overland mail route to the Pacific 1859. Drawn and engraved by Rae Smith, 71 Nassau St. N.Y. From materials furnished to the 36th Congress, March 1859 by G.K. Warren, Lt. U.S. Top. Eng. for the passage of the Pacific Railroad Bill, 1859.
Lloyd, James T., Philadelphia
This is a rare version of a similar 1859 map by Lloyd which showed only railroad presidents portraits in the border. This issue removes some of the portraits and substitutes advertisements, some relating to railroads. Outline hand color map, mounted on linen. Showing drainage, state boundaries, major cities, forts, finished and proposed railroads. Portraits of 12 railroad presidents are reproduced in the border, including: John Robin McDaniel, Jacob Strader, John Caldwell, J. Edgar Thompson, R. N. Rice, S. S. L'Hommedieu, J. B. Warring, S. L. Fremont, Ex-Gov. John L. Helm, Hon. John Ross, Hon. Erastus Corning, W. H. Clements. Includes advertisements, notes and illustrations of various buildings, steamboat, and wagons. Relief shown by hachures.   View Map

Map of the seat of war. Published by T.A. Burke, Morning News Office. Compiled & drawn by M.B. Grant C.E. Lithographed by R.H. Howell, Savannah, 1861.
Grant, M. B.; Howell, R. H., Savannah
This is one of a very small number of war maps printed in the Confederacy during the United States Civil War. It shows the opening battles of the war. Hand color map, with place names in Virginia peninsula. Shows roads, railroads, forts and fortifications. Covers eastern Virginia (mostly Manassas and vicinity) and part of Maryland. Includes table of distances. View Map

Panorama from the Summit of Mount Davidson, Washoe Range, 1861.
Vischer, Edward, San Francisco
Unusual 360 degree perspective bird's eye view as seen from summit of Mount Davidson, the site of the famous Comstock Mines and Virginia City in Nevada. Attractive vignettes of mining camps. With a separate sheet of text titled Panorama from the Summit of Mount Davidson, Washoe Range, which includes informative text as to how the map came to be created and an explanation of the visible area. View Map and Text Sheets

(Raised Relief and Flat Maps of the World). Dessine et modele par Aug. Ravenstein a Francfort s/M. Grave. Imprime et estampe par B. Dondorf a Francfort. s/M. 1865
Ravenstein, August; Dondorf, B., Frankfurt am Main
Two sets of eight identical maps of the world, An early edition of the French language version of the first commercial set of relief maps intended for teaching purposes. A landmark in geographical education. Set includes the six continents, Oceania, and Germany, each 23x28 at neatline. One set in 3 D raised relief, printed and stamped on card stock, each map mounted on a paper-covered frame of thin wooden dowels. The other set, 2D, printed on paper, loose in a light-blue glazed paper. Both sets in printed color though in different schemes, the paper maps with some added hand color, showing cities and towns, rivers and mountains, notes and statistics. Relief shown pictorially on some maps. The sets placed together in a contemporary drop-front box covered with blue paste-paper. The relief maps emphasize physical and geographical features, and sheet maps political divisions. See our 2490.000 for Sonnenschein and Allen's Relief Atlas of 1880.  

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Hand - Atlas Der Erde Und Des Himmels 42 Auflage, 1867, (with) Grosser Hand-Atlas des Himmels und der Erde 48te Auflage, 1879, (with) Grosser Hand-Atlas des Himmels und der Erde 49te Auflage, 1886 (3 new Editions added to collection)
Geographisches Institut (Weimar, Germany), Weimar
The 1867 42nd edition is the first in which the brothers Carl and Adolf Graef are mentioned as the authors. Maps by H. Kiepert, Graf & Bruhns. The Weimar Geographisches Institute atlases are known for their extraordinary detail, and rank as some of the largest and finest world atlases produced in Germany in the 19th century. The 1879 48th edition includes many color litho maps, for the first time. The 1886 49th edition is one of the last.   View 3 new Atlases
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28 State, County and City Atlases, 1867 to 1915.
Various Authors, Various Places
A group of 25 County Atlases from all regions of the United States, dated from 1867 to 1915.

New York and Vicinity 1867 (see all 5 copies); Bennington Co. Vermont 1869; Stephenson Co. Illinois 1871; Adams County Illinois 1872; Hudson Co. New Jersey 1873; Des Moines Co. Iowa 1873; Louisa Co. Iowa 1874; Ottawa Co. Ohio 1874; Elkhart Co. Indiana 1874; Oneida Co. New York 1874; Pike Co. Missouri 1875; Lehigh Co. Pennsylvania 1876; Greene Co. Pennsylvania 1876; Clarion Co. Pennsylvania 1877; Aroostook Co. Maine 1877; Miami Co. Indiana 1877;Franklin Co. Indiana 1882; Sedgwick Co. Kansas 1882; Providence, Rhode Island 1882; Wood Co. West Virginia 1886; State of Massachusetts, 1891; Scott Co. Iowa 1894; Jasper Co. Missouri 1895; Saint Croix Co. Wisconsin 1897; Trumbull Co. Ohio 1899; Dawson Co. Nebraska 1904; Douglas Co. Washington 1915. Province of Prince Edward Island, 1925.

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La France et ses Colonies. Atlas Illustre Cent Cartes Dressees d'Apres La Cartes de Cassini, du Depot de la Guerre, des Ponts-det-Chaussees et de la Marine par M. Vuillemin. Texte Redige d'Apres les Documents Officiels et sur n Plan Entierement Nouvea ... J. Migeon, Libraire-Editeur. 1869
Vuillemin, A.; Migeon, J. Paris
Color maps, each accompanied by vignettes of local scenes, coats-of-arms, personages, animals, human activities, crops, etc. Provides one page of text and one facing map for each department and colony. Text includes statistics and distance and direction from Paris.

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Europe "L'Europe en ce moment - fantaisie politico - geographique". (Issued with) La Vie Parisienne, 6 Juillet 1872
La Vie Parisienne, Paris
Uncolored pictorial map. Published in French magazine La Vie Parisienne. Informative text labels provide an effective overview of the geopolitical situation of each country and region.  

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Rand McNally & Co.'s sectional map of the Dakota and the Black Hills. Printed expressly for J. Bride & Co.'s Great American 25 Cent package, 767 and 769 Broadway, New York City. A.W. Barber, Del. Rand McNally & Co. Printers, engravers and electrotypers, 79 Madison Street, Chicago. (with 8 insets). (on verso) Rand McNally & Co.'s new railway guide map, 1873
Rand McNally & Co., Chicago
This is one of the earliest Rand McNally maps that we have seen. The date of 1873 is determined from the only date on the map, in the inset map of Cincinnati. Uncolored sectional map with 8 insets: New mining map of Utah, St. Louis, Railroads around Baltimore and Washington, Philadelphia, New York and vicinity, Chicago, Railroad around Cincinnati, 1872-3, Denver.   View Maps

Report of a reconnaissance of the Black Hills of Dakota, made in the summer of 1874 (with) Report of a Reconnaissance From Carroll, Montana Territory, on the Upper Missouri, to the Yellowstone National Park, and Return Made in the Summer of 1875.
Ludlow, William, Washington, D.C.
Maps from two important reports by William Ludlow of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Black Hills and Yellowstone. The Black Hills expedition was commanded by Custer and includes early maps of the area. The Yellowstone expedition includes three maps of the area listed by Wheat - Wheat 1257,1258,1259. View Reports

Le Tour de Monde en un Clin d'Oeil. Supplement du numero du Monde du la 1er. Janvier 1876
Scott, M.M.; Vierge, Daniel, Paris
Pictorial view of the world. Originally issued uncolored, color was added later. Map is projected as a view from space and details the world roughly from the Equator to the North Pole and from California to India. Flora, fauna, historic events, cultural artifacts, and indigenous people are represented pictorially. The Sargasso Sea is illustrated in the middle of the Atlantic. Includes inset views illustrating places and moments of special interest including mirages in the Pacific, a ship burning at sea, Niagara Falls, Chicago, oil wells, gold mining, Hindu cremation, Chinese Junks, Tuareg warriors, an avalanche, etc. also includes lists of the nations and maritime flags. Shows sketches of some 79 individuals in 'traditional costumes'. To either side of the main view are flags of major nations, sailing ships, volcanoes, and other imagery. Include an ice free polar sea north of Greenland labeled 'Mer Libre?' No doubt this is a nod to hopes that a Northwest Passage might still exist. Union Pacific and Trans-Atlantic shipping lanes are noted. The achievements of various explorers are noted in both Africa and the Arctic.   View Map

Cram's Standard American Atlas Of The United States, 1878 (with) Cram's Unrivaled Family Atlas of the World (editions of 1882 and 1883).
Cram, George Franklin, Chicago
These three atlases by Chicago map publisher George Cram show the transition from Cram's production of large format hand colored atlases to mass produced printed color atlases. The 1878 Standard American Atlas was the last large format hand colored atlas made by Cram, following his earlier 1875 Commercial Atlas of the United States, and discontinued in 1881. The 1878 (and 1875) atlas is the rarest and most attractive of Cram's atlases. The maps are large folio, with hand color, taken from the same plates as Cram's pocket maps of the same date (or vice versa). All maps are on the same scale, 19 miles to one inch. Beginning in 1882, Cram produced the smaller Unrivaled Family Atlas of the World which still had many hand colored maps; the 1883 Unrivaled Atlas edition makes the transition to all maps color printed. This is the first "mass production" world atlas made by Cram. Has a page of ads in back for Cram maps and Atlases.  This run seems to have gone to 1891 (last Phillips date) but then continued in different formats but a similar title, up to 1952. View Atlases

Map Of The Ohio River, Reduced from the following surveys ... 1837-8, Lieut. Sanders ... 1844, C.A. Fuller ... 1867-8, W.M. Roberts ... With additions & corrections from later surveys, 1881
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.
1881 date is from Phillips. 52 maps on 40 sheets, with 2 index sheets. Very detailed uncolored maps of the river from Pittsburgh to Cairo. W.E. Merrill is the same Merrill whose name is on the Warren - Freyhold Map of the United States, and the Map of Kansas, Texas and Indian Territory, both 1867. This probably was the most comprehensive and detailed survey of the Ohio River done at the time. Maps are bound in dark brown cloth covered boards with "Map Of The Ohio River 1868" stamped in gilt. View Atlas

Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District With Atlas by Clarence E. Dutton, Captain of Ordnance U.S.A. United States Geological Survey, J.W. Powell, Director. Washington: Government Printing Office 1882. Department of the Interior. Monographs of the United States Geological Survey, Volume II. Washington: Government Printing Office 1882.
Dutton, Clarence E. (Clarence Edward), Washington, D.C.
Monograph # 2 USGS, but the first monograph to be published. For the large format atlas, see #4713.000, which was published separately. Geologic map in full color. Includes the three key sheets to the Panorama from Point Sublime which appears in the atlas.   View Book

Imperial Federation - Map of the world showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886
Colomb, John Charles Ready; Crane, Walter, London
Pictorial map on Mercator projection centered on the Greenwich Prime Meridian, placing Great Britain just above the map's central focal point. Published as a color supplement to The "Graphic" at the same time as Queen Victoria's Jubilee of 1886. British Isles, and British colonies spreading out to the east and the west, were highlighted with red, while other geographical areas were left blank with only a minimum number of place names. An inset box was placed near each of the major colonies, listing statistics about geographical area, population, and trade. The words "Freedom, Fraternity, Federation," suggesting a peaceful co-existence within the British Empire, were prominently placed along the map's top margin, but the remainder of the map's illustrations imply "colonialism." At the bottom center Britannia is seated on top of the world ruling over her subjects, represented by a variety of animals and costumed figures. India, identified by an elephant and a tiger, appears in the lower left corner, while Australia, including a kangaroo and a sheep, is shown in the lower right. The illustrations were done by Walter Crane, a prominent illustrator and artist with strong socialist sympathies, perhaps explaining the contradictory themes in the map of imperialism and "human labour" holding up the world in the form of Atlas. Crane's contributions to the map remained unnoticed until the research of Pippa Biltcliffe was published in 2005 (Biltcliffe: Walter Crane and the Imperial Federation Map Showing the Extent of the British Empire (1886), Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography, 57:1, 63-69) . View Map 

Charts and Tables of Rain-Fall On The Pacific Slope, With A Discussion of The Causes of The Wet and Dry Seasons, The Abundance and Deficiency in Different Portions, The Summer Rainy Season in Arizona, Etc., 1888
Glassford, W.A., Washington
Text and maps show the amount and location of rainfall in the United States west in 1888. In 50th Congress, 1st Session, Senate Ex. Doc. No.91, Letter From the Secretary of War. 101 pages and 15 maps. Bound in dark green covers. The spine is stamped with "Rain-Fall On The Pacific Slope" in gold.  View Maps

The Library Atlas Of Modern Geography, 1892
Appleton, D. & Co., New York
Uncommon atlas has 60 double-page and 43 single-page maps in full, printed color. Each of the maps is followed by several pages of descriptive text that are decorated with beautifully engraved, uncolored views of well known buildings, local scenery or famous events. A pastedown label inside the front cover describes the "Patent Thumb Index"- a new and much easier way to navigate this atlas' impressive amount of content. U.S. maps by Matthews-Northrup; extensive city maps. Same engravers did the Century Atlas. View Atlas

Perry's mining map of the southern dist. West Kootenay, 1893
Perry, Charles E.; O'Farrell, T.P., Nelson, B.C.
This is one of the most beautiful 19th century mining maps we have seen. It is also one of the earliest printed map of the entire Southern District to focus on the Kootenay mining regions. With inset maps of the major mining regions, smaller maps presenting a detailed topographical features. Relief shown by hachures. Shows roads, trails, railways, telegraph lines, towns, mining camps, claims, steamship lines, etc. General References; Slocan Numerical Reference; compasses for Slocan and Nelson.  View Map           

The Columbian World's Fair atlas : containing complete illustrations of the World's Fair grounds and buildings, general illustrations of the public buildings, parks, monuments, street scenes, etc. of Chicago, and maps of every state and territory of the United States and Canada, and general maps of the world. Published for: Wood Brothers Cash Store ... Unadilla, New York. 1893
Cram, George; Wood Brothers, Chicago
This uncommon atlas was published to commemorate the 1893 World's Fair and Columbian Exposition in Chicago, also known as Chicago World's Fair. The scale and grandeur of the fair had a profound effect on architecture, the arts, Chicago's self image and American industrial optimism. This atlas, by the Chicago map-maker George Cram, was published for Woods Brothers. It includes a plan of the Exposition grounds plus a complete section on the World's Fair. There are color maps, city plans, diagrams, beautiful engravings showing the Expo's buildings, local architecture, points of interest and well known monuments in the Chicago area. Several pages of amusing advertisements are located near the front and back of the atlas.  View Atlas

5 Large Composite maps of London, England and Wales, 1895 - 1947
Ordnance Survey Office; Southampton
A group of 5 large composite maps made from hundreds of sheets published by the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain over a fifty year period. The is project has been a collaboration with the National Library of Scotland.  View Composite Maps

Karta Aziatskoi Rossii i smezhnykhi s neiu vladenii...(cover title in French) Carte de la Russie d'Asie et des pays limitrophes. (with inset and 11 views).  1896
Koversky, Eduard Avraamovich, St. Petersburg
Map of the Asian part of Russia and Possessions Adjacent, with the Route of Transit of the Emperor in 1890-91, during the stay of His Majesty's successor, the Tsarevitch, and the Great Siberian Railroad. Rare Russian map commemorating the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Nicholas II's Embassy to Japan and Grand Tour inspecting progress of the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway and displaying the Arctic explorations of Nordienskold circa 1896, and Nansen circa 1894.     View Map

2 Maps of the Mexican National Railroad, 1897 and 1902
Mexico National R.R., Mexico City
The 1897 map is titled "Mexico National R.R. Loredo Route ... Short Line to Monterey, Saltillo, San Luis Potosi, San Miguel de Allende, Celaya, Morelia, Patzcuaro, Toluca, and the City of Mexico." The 1902 map is titled "January 1902. Mexico National R.R. Loredo Route ... Short Line to Monterey, Saltillo, San Luis Potosi, San Miguel de Allende, Celaya, Morelia, Patzcuaro, Toluca, City of Mexico and Points South."

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Geological Survey. Geological Map of England and Wales. Reduced from the one-inch maps of the Geological Survey with some recent revisions. Published under the direction of Sir Archibald Geikie, D.C.L., LL.D., F.R.S., Director General. 1896.
Ordnance Survey Office; Geikie, Archibald, Southampton
These sixteen maps are derived from the Ordnance Survey One Inch Geological maps that were published throughout the 19th century. With over 260 One Inch geological maps published, the massive size of the resulting joining together of all the sheets rendered it almost impossible to get an overall picture of the survey until these smaller scale sheets were published.

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The Times Atlas ; (New Edition). Containing 132 Pages of Maps, and comprising 196 Maps, 1900
Andree, Richard; Times (London, England), London
Second and New edition of The Times Atlas published in 1900 (see our 1895 first edition, 1010.000), containing 132 pages of maps and comprising 196 maps and an alphabetical index of 135,000 names. This is the English version of the German Andrees Handatlas, 3rd edition (1893-1897). In this 2nd. Times edition, some maps have been derived from the German Andree 4th edition. The 1900 printing, actually a completely new edition, was issued from 1899 in 24 weekly installments at 1 shilling each. The map size has increased and so has the binding: 30 × 45 cm. The 'luxury' binding has dark brown color, clock and oak leaves with gilt title, "The Times Atlas." It has leather spine and corners, a vertical title on the spine and pages with gilt edges. Most notable extensions in the 1900 edition are the geological maps of the British Isles, the showing of shipping routes, and the regional maps of the United States. View Atlas

Atlas Larousse Illustre. Librairie Larousse, Paris. (first unillustrated title page) Atlas Larousse Illustre. 42 Cartes. - 1158 Reproductions photographiques, 1900
Librairie Larousse, Paris
Extensively illustrated world atlas with elegantly printed color lithographic maps.  View Atlas

Cram's atlas of the world, ancient and modern : new census edition -- indexed. Geographical, historical and statistical presentation of the world in all its divisions. 1901
Cram, George Franklin; Murray-Aaron, Eugene, New York
A massive, fully revised edition, in 864 pages, maps in color, some double page. Includes indexes and gazetteers, diagrams, statistical and astronomical charts, population density, various views of scenery and people, and new census information. View Atlas

9 Maps of Western States and Territories by the U.S. General Land Office, 1898 to 1941
U.S. General Land Office, Washington, D.C.
These maps show the U.S. West at the turn of the 20th century. Of particular note is the large size of the Indian Reservations at the time.

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Der Ausbruch des Vulkans Mont Pelée auf Martinique, 1903
Burckardt's Nach, Weissenburg, Alsace
Colorful pictorial map depicts one of the great natural disasters of the modern era, the spectacular eruption of Mount Pelee in Martinique in April 1902. Date estimated. Includes notes. The stratovolcano of Mount Pelee makes up the northern part of the island of Martinique, long a French colony. The island's largest town, St. Pierre, sat near the foot of the volcano. As shown in the present print, the volcano violently erupted, with ash and lava flows reigning down on the town. St. Pierre and much of the surrounding countryside were engulfed and the entire town was destroyed. Over 30,000 people were killed, making it the most deadly volcanic eruption of the 20th Century.

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Atlas de Chile Arreglado para la Jeografia Descriptiva de la Republica de Chile, 1903
Espinoza, Enrique, Paris
A stamp in verso of the title page explains the manuscript corrections: "Advertencia: la linea marcada en tinta roja corresponde a la fijada por el perito arbitral con porterioridad a la impresion del Atlas." In the early years of the 20th century most Latin American countries were involved in border disputes where international arbitrage had to lead to definitive settlement of the conflict. Such was the case between Argentina and Chile, the results of which are shown, probably for the first time, in this atlas. Relief shown in green hachures. View Atlas

Gotthard-Bahn, Laghi di Como-Lugano & Maggiore, 1904. Gotthardbahn, Ferrovia del Gotthard. Stab. d'Arti Gradiche Chiattone; Milano, 1904
Chiattone, Gabriele, Milano
Unusual pictorial map of the Gotthard tunnel, with the 1904 train schedule. Printed in stone-lithography enhanced with gold color. Shows major cities. The Gotthard tunnel was opened in 1891 and was one of the longest tunnrels in Europe for decades. The trains from the North of Europe were able to cross the Swiss Alps to the lakes of Ticino and Italy. The wheel and the Hermes wings were the symbols of the transportation company.  View Map

Cartas Postales de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, 1904 (with) Cartas Postales de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, 1908.
General de Correos Seccion de Transportes, Mexico
Two atlases of postal maps of Mexico, dated 1904 and 1908. All maps in full color and folded. Maps show postal routes by type:foot, horse, car, railroad, river, and sea.   View Maps

Yellowstone National Park. Copyright 1904 by Henry Wellge, Milwaukee. Transferred to the Northern Pacific Railway Company, 1904
Wellge, Henry, Milwaukee
Detailed very large bird's-eye view pictorial map. Shows labels of bodies of water, basin, cliffs, mountain ranges, and hotels. Also shows buildings, bridges, and roads. Includes the Northern Pacific Yellowstone Park Line logo. Relief shown pictorially and by spot heights. View Map

Plan of Proposed Street Changes in the Burned District and Other Sections of San Francisco. Joint Report of Committee on Extending, Widening and Grading Streets and Committee on Burnham Plans. Subcommittees of the Committee of Forty, on the Reconstruction of San Francisco. Submitted to Board of Supervisors May, 1906
Bennett, Edward H.; Committee of Forty, on the Reconstruction of San Francisco; Burnham, Daniel H., San Francisco
Submitted just one month after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, this report supplemented the Burnham Plan for a major revamping of the city's layout and land use. Ironically it had been prepared just prior to the big 1906 event. The plan was never instituted, although some concepts presented therein have been realized. See index pages for explanations of the uses of various colors on the map.

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The Exposition City San Francisco. Copyright By North American Press Ass'n 1912 Hearst Bldg. S.F. Pingree-Traung Co. Lith. S.F. 1912
North American Press Ass'n; San Francisco
This map provides a detailed view of the extraordinary rebuilding of downtown San Francisco only six years after the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906. Just a few lots remain unbuilt. It is a scarce map that was issued in two forms: on thin paper as a folded map with the Supplement to the San Francisco Standard Guide, and on thicker paper unfolded (our copy, linen backed as a wall map). The Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915 is shown prospectively.
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Geologic Atlas of the United States, San Francisco Folio. Tamalpais, San Francisco, Concord, San Mateo, and Haywards Quadrangles, California. By Andrew C. Lawson. Washington D.C. 1914
Lawson, Andrew C.; Merriam, John C., Washington, D.C.
A volume in the Geological Atlas of the United States.Detailed Geological study of the San Francisco Bay area, published shortly after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Includes commentary, geological maps and sections and topographical maps.

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Cartoon Map of the European War Area Entitled European Revue. Kill That Eagle. Drawn by the Well-known Anglo-Russian Artist J.H. Amschewitz. Published by "Geographia," Limited ... London, 1914
Amschewitz, J.H., London
Dramatic representations of Germany's neighbors and the tensions existing in European politics on the eve of World War I.
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Bolshoi vsemirnyi nastolny atlas Marksa. Nachatyi podi redakciei pokoynago professora E. Iu. Petri, zakonchennyi vʺ 1903 g. i vychodyachii vtorymʺ izdaniemʺ pod redakciei Iu. M. Shokalskago ... 62 glavnychʺ i 160 dopolnitelʹnychʺ kartʺ na 55 tablicachʺ in folio ... Vtoroe peresmotrennoe i dopolnennoe izdanie 1909 goda. Depechatka 1916 goda, 1916
Marks, A. F. (Firm), St. Petersburg
This is the Comprehensive Marks Hand Atlas of the entire world, which presents a Russian view of the world on the eve of the Russian Revolution. Initially compiled and edited by Prof. E.Iu (Yu). Petri, finished in 1903. The 2nd. edition printed in 1909, reprinted in 1916 published under the supervision of Iu (Yu).M. Shokalskago, by A.F. Marks Company. Atlas A.F. Marksa presents new ways of presentation. Its maps are distinguished by their visibility, regularity and clarity, along with an enormous wealth of accurate geographical information expressed not only directly in the maps, but also in supporting graphs and charts. Includes 62 main and 160 inset lithographic maps on 55 folio size sheets. The single sheet general map of Russia in Europe, the 16 sheet highly detailed map of Russia in Europe, and the 2 sheet map of Siberian Russian are all original maps made for this atlas, from various sources explained in the preface. The non-Russian maps are derived from the world atlas of Wagner and Debes published in Leipzig, Germany, probably the 1895 or 1899 editions, with all names translated into Russian. Most maps are on two pages, but not all of them. All maps of the second edition enhanced with new geographical information and many are changed from the Wagner and Debes base maps, for example Palestine is entirely new. The projection method for each map is mentioned.
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Die Militarischen Ereignisse im Volkerkrieg 1914-1919 in wochentlichen Karten mit Chronik zu dauernder Erinnerung von der Kriegshilfe Muchen N.W. dem Kriegsfuersorgeamt Wien Ueberlassen. (Military Events in the People's War, 1914-1919, in Weekly Maps for Everlasting Memory provided to the War Welfare Department Vienna by the War Welfare Department Munich N.W.). 1914 to 1919
Mayer, Rudolf, Munchen
A contemporaneous World War I seven volume German work, consisting of 226 weekly maps (typically each map sheet is subdivided into several parts) and textual progress reports describing the various war fronts. The maps and texts describing the Theaters of War include: Oceans and Colonies; Turkish-Russian (Holy War); Serbia; Western Front; Eastern Front. There also is a weekly update of political news. In the liners of volumes 1 though 5 there are calls to arms (text of speeches) by Emperor Franz Joseph and Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II; noticeably absent in the final two volumes. Dates are weekly from the beginning of September 1914 through February 12, 1919. Seven maroon cloth covered volumes with gilt lettering and black border. All sheets double-sided - predominantly maps on front side, mostly text on verso; they are scanned as two images. Most maps in color. Show battle lines, towns, cities, roads, railroads, rivers, canals, political divisions. Town and city names color coded to show which army controls them.  View Maps

Atlas geografico de la Republica Mexicana : Secretaria de Agricultura y Fomento : Direccion de Estudios Geograficos y Climatologicos 1919-1921.
Mexico. Direccion de Estudios Geográficos y Climatologicos, Mexico
Thirty-two numbered maps, most followed by a relief map and a geologic map. Full color. Some maps, 2nd edition. Maps were also issued separately. Cover - title page shows full color view of Southwestern Coast of North America, with decorative Mayan illustration on the background, and a Maya Indian drawing map. 

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Atlas Scolaire Suisse pour l'Enseignement Secondaire. Publ. par la Conférence des Chefs des Départements Cant. de l'instruction publ. et Subventionné par la Confédération. 2me edition. Executé par l'Institut, Kartographia Winterthur S.A. 1921.
Kartographia Winterthur, Lausanne : Genève
Exceptional Swiss school atlas for secondary education. 2nd. edition, x, 136 P. 1st. edition published in 1911. Full color maps, table of contents, and texts.

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Map of New York : Patented Jan 4, 1921, copyright 1923 by Rota-ray map systems, inc. Rochester. New York. Notice: Traveling East the adjoining section is on the bottom roller. Notice: Traveling West the adjoining section is on the top roller. The roads are numbered where it leaves the section. It comes in on the adjoining section at the same number. 1923
Rota-ray map systems, Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
Hand held rotating color map in black metal box 17x11, 4 cm. deep. in 13 sections, with window to display map sections. Covers New York, starting at Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport down to Salamanca, Cuba, a small section of PA (Bradford, Smethport), Rochester, Batavia, Hornell, Wellsville, Bath, Auburn, Elmira, Watertown, Syracuse, Binghamton and Johnson City, Ogdensburg, Rome, Utica, Potsdam, Little Falls, Oneonta, Malone, Amsterdam, Cobleskill, Middletown, Troy, Schenectady, Albany, Plattsburgh, Glens Falls, Saratoga, Schenectady, and south to New York City and more. Some maps noted Road map, or City map. Includes mileage chart for each section.

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14 London Underground Maps, dated from 1909 to 1950
Various Authors, Various Places
A group of 11 London Underground maps, beginning with the early maps by MacDonald Gill which still followed "geographic" mapping style, to the revolutionary 1933 diagrammatic map by Harry Beck, and ending with Beck's much expanded map of 1950.  View Maps

Maps for Imperial Airways by Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and James Gardner, 1937
Moholy-Nagy, Lazlo; Gardner, James, London
This extraordinary world map by noted Bauhaus designer and artist, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, draws on the pioneering information design work of Harry Beck and his London subway maps, here used to show the routes of Imperial Airways and associated airlines. What is special about the map is the combining of the more standard world map with air routes shown, with the abstract version in Beck's style of the entire route system, in an overlaid diagram floating above the Americas and the southern Pacific ocean. To further complicate the design, Moholy-Nagy uses Stanford maps with their more standard map conventions to delineate the countries that made up the British empire in 1937. The remainder of the world is left abstract. This is a very unusual map and very rare. Moholy-Nagy's name is not printed on the map, but the attribution comes from Borchardt-Hume, "Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World," 2006 Tate Publications, London. In the same year, James Gardner designed a similar but slightly more conventional map for Imperial Airways - using the Beck inspired graphics but with much less Bauhaus influence.

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World Missionary Atlas. Containing a Directory of Missionary Societies, Classified Summaries of Statistics, Maps Showing the Locations of Missionary Stations throughout the World, a Descriptive Account of the Principal Mission Lands, and Comprehensive Indicies, 1925
Institute of Social and Religious Research, New York
Possibly the most detailed listing and geographic placement on maps of Protestant missions throughout the world in the early 20th century. The atlas uses Bartholomew base maps. View Atlas

Stieler's Atlas of Modern Geography. 254 Maps & Insets on 108 Sheets Engraved on Copper. Tenth (Centenary) Edition. Completely Revised & Largely Redrawn under the Direction of Professor H. Haack in Justus Perthes' Geogr. Institute, 1925
Haack, H.; Stieler, Adolf, Gotha
Two volume set in English. 10th edition and the Centenary edition. This edition was a very important revision and was issued in German, French, English, Spanish, and Italian. Each map preceded by index map, printed in blue, which is labeled, "Stielers Handatlas, Zehnte Auflage / Hundertjahr-Ausgabe. Gotha: Justus Perthes." Relief shown in hachures. Alphabetical Index of place names not scanned. Over 43 different draftsmen and engravers are listed on the various sheets. View Atlas

Windsor Farms, a residential development on the James River at Richmond. Henrico Co., Virginia : made for Windsor Farms Inc. Richmond VA. by Allen J. Saville, Inc. Engineering and Construction. Plan by John Nolen - Town Planner; Philip W. Foster - associate Harvard Sq., Cambridge, Mass. 1927
Saville, Allen J., Inc.; Windsor Farms Inc.; Richmond, VA.
Windsor Farms, a neighborhood of Richmond Virginia, was one of the first planned communities in the United States after the Radburn community in New Jersey. Color map. Shows boundary, easement, and building lines, properties by blocks, lot number, parcel number, ownership of large plots, acreage, and roads. Includes note and legend.

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Official paved road and commercial survey of the United States. Sectional road maps covering the entire United States and lower Canada, 1927
National Map Company, Indianapolis
A series of nine double page "Sectional Paved Road Maps" show the extent of paved, improved and unimproved roads throughout the country in great detail. Illustrating details of major cities, color maps of each state. Also includes a postal airway map, a highway mileage chart, logs of transcontinental federal highways, a transcontinental highway map, population information for U. S. cities based on the latest federal census data. View Atlas

Historical Flight Map with Chronological Review of Aviation History, 1930
Rand McNally & Company, New York
A folded brochure with map on back. Includes a detailed history of aviation from 1891 to 1930. Shows routes of 24 flight pioneers in color.

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Philco radio atlas of the world. New edition ... 1935
Philco Radio & Television Corp., Buffalo
Atlas in 32 pages. With 7 color maps: copyright by J.W. Clement Co. Matthews-Northrup Works, Buffalo, N.Y. Includes table of contents, text, advertisements, and illustrations. Also includes World-Wide airline mileage chart, and tables showing "principal Short - wave stations of the World", and "North American Long - wave stations." On verso of cover title: "This Radio atlas is presented to by St. Helens Radio & Elec. co. Columbia, Co. Bank Building". Note: "With a new 1936 American and Foreign Broadcast Phico, you are on the threshold of thrilling adventure and glorious entertainment ..."
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Atlas de L'Afrique du Nord ... Cartes dressees par: le Commandant P. Pollacchi, Ancien chef de la Cartographie etrangere du Service Geographique de l'Armee; M.R. de Flotte de Roquevaire, Chef du Service Cartographhique du Gouvernement, General de l'Algerie; le Commandant H. Nady, Chef de Service Geographique du Maroc, 1939
KHardy, M. Georges; Pollacchi, P.; de Flotte de Roquevaire, M.R.; Mady, H., Paris
Fascinating thematic atlas of French North Africa on the eve of WW II. View Atlas

State Farm road atlas : United States, Canada, Mexico, hotel, cabin camp guide. Published by: The State Farm Insurance Companies Travel Bureau, Bloomington, Illinois. Copyright 1939 by Rand McNally & Company, Chicago, Ill. 1939
Rand McNally and Company; State Farm Insurance Companies Travel Bureau, Bloomington, Ill.
Atlas is bound in green card board printed with title "State farm road atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico." 41 maps. Most maps printed in color. On back cover: Advertisement for the State Farm Insurance Companies and view of Home office building, Bloomington, Ill. Advertisements, and general index inside front cover.   View Atlas

The Histomap of Evolution: earth, life and mankind for ten thousand million years. Arranged by John B. Sparks. Copyright, 1932, by John Sparks, 1942 edition. (Cover title) From the flaming planet to modern man: The Histomap of Evolution : Ten thousand million years of evolution on single page. One dollar. 1942
Sparks, John B.; Rand McNally and Company, Chicago
This is a companion timeline to Spark's Histomap of History (see our 1810.000). The jacket designed by Clark Higginson. Text on back cover: "The Histomap of Evolution, by John B. Sparks." Evolution chart shows "Lines of descent and relative dominance of the several classes, orders and species of life." On the sides are a chronological list to "Geological cultural historical periods" and "The history of emergence and progression of life". Glossary on the bottom panel.
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[World War II battlefronts]. Copyright, 1944, by Remington Rand, Inc. Printed in U.S.A. (Map signed by) Kenneth W. Thompson. (text signed by) George Fielding Eliot. 1944
Eliot, George Fielding; Thompson, Kenneth, W., Toronto
Seven color maps 32x47, on sheets 46.5x53. Title proper supplied by cataloguer. Includes: Map I, The Russian Front. Map II. the Balkans. Map III. Italy & South France. Map IV. Western Front. Map V. Southeastern Asia. Map VI. The Southwest Pacific. Map VII. The North Pacific. Each map includes text. Shows boundaries, railroads and major cities. Relief shown by landform drawing.  

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ADAC Autobahn-Karte. Masstab 1:1 500 000. (panel title) ADAC Autobahn-Karte : Karte des Allgemeinen Deutschen Automobil-Clubs, Sitz Munchen. Mit samtlichen Auffahrten, Hilfsauffahrten, Tankstellen und Rasthausern sowie dem Fernstrassennetz. Kartographisches Institut Kurt Mair/ Stuttgart. 1950
Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club, Stuttgart
Map shows some of the earliest depiction's of controlled access highway interchanges. Color map, 60x42 on sheet 83x44, folded into self wrapped cover, 10.5x12. Includes legend. Shows roads, gas stations, rest areas, cities and towns, distances, etc. 

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BEA International Route Maps : British European Airways. Printed in U.K. by International Aeradio Ltd., Southall, Middlesex. 1954
British European Airways Corporation, London
Series of route maps showing air services to Europe and the Middle East. In 17 pages, folded into cover 21x9.5 with color maps. Includes list of BEA offices, Key maps to domestic and international routes, route lines, and advertisements.   View Maps

De Luxe Map Library. Hammond. Classics Edition. 1957
C.S. Hammond Co., New York
A boxed set of 9 political maps of the world, its continents, the United States, and Canada. Full color. Date estimated from the dating code on several of the maps.  

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Intourist's Pocket Guide to the Soviet Union. Maps of Moscow and Leningrad. State Publishers for Foreign Trade. Printed in USSR, 1960 (with) Moscow. Map by Michael Getmanski, 1938
State Publishers for Foreign Trade; Getmanski, Michael, Moscow
Two pocket maps, one from 1960 and the other from 1938, showing Moscow and Leningrad (St. Petersburg).

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The World. Compiled from information to 1961 by the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office. Elevations in Feet. Depth Curves in Fathoms. Mercator Projection... 2nd Ed. Oct.1961
U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office, Washington, D.C.
A large 12 sheet map of the World showing bathymetric data to 1961 as well as major landforms. Also shows major cities, political boundaries, ice limits.  

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35 Landform Maps by Erwin Raisz, 1933 to 1968
Raisz, Erwin, Various Places
Erwin Raisz was a pioneer in the drawing of complex landform maps that are able to convey topography at varying scales in a clear cartographic style. Most of the these maps were produced at the Institute of Geographical Exploration, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.  Current editions of most of these maps are available at www.raiszmaps.com

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People's Republic of China - Atlas. November 1971
United States. Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
Atlas with 82 pages and 22 full color maps. Scale of principal maps 1:4,000,000 or 1:10,000,000. Bound in yellow heavy paper covers with title" People's Republic of China - Atlas. Central Intelligence Agency." Includes table of contents, thematic maps, charts, photographs, and geographic, economic, and cultural data. View Atlas

Atlas of Eastern Europe, 1990
United States. Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
Covers Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia. With one folded color map of Eastern Europe, scale 1;2,500,000 and 19 small maps, with insets, on 2 pages, covering population density, economic activity, land use and historical data, with Gazetteer on verso. Atlas is in two parts in 39 pages, in green spiral bound covers, map bound within, 30.5x42. Includes glossary of historical regions, statistical diagrams, agricultural data, location map, and text.

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Atlas of The Middle East, 1993
United States. Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
Color maps, with explanatory text, appendices: A. National facts. B. Index, gazetteer, and legend, and C. Selected bibliography, in two parts: Part one: Regions of Middle East. Part two: Nations of Middle East. Includes two folded color maps attached to atlas, on 1 sheet, back to back : Middle East. Scale 1:4,500,000 and Middle East oil and gas. Scale 1:4,500,000, and 35 small maps, with insets, covering population density, economic activity, land use historical data, location map, explanatory text and statistical diagrams. 

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Gipsometricheskaia karta SSSR. masshtab 1:2500000. Glavnoe upravlenie geodezii i kartografii pri Sovete Ministrov SSSR. Moskva, 1949 (Physical Map of the Soviet Union)
Soviet Union. Glavnoe upravlenie geodezii i kartografii, Moskva
Remarkably detailed physical map of the Soviet Union, a classic product of the excellent soviet cartography of the period. A huge color map, on 32 sheets, each 69x65, and 212x354 when joined. Relief shown by gradient tints and spot heights. Depths shown by bathymetric tints and soundings. Includes index sheet.

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Road Map to the Best Free Stuff on the Internet, 1995
Randall, Neil, New York
A very early diagram/map showing where free content was available on the Internet in 1995 and how to access it.  

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Over 2,000 Pictorial Maps added, 1611 to 2014
Various Authors, Various Places
Over 2,000 pictorial maps have been added to the collection, in the form of separate maps, pocket maps, case maps, atlases, manuscript maps, and wall maps. Pictorial maps are generally described as maps that employ various kinds of illustrations, images and texts that enhance the cartographic message. While they seem to have peaked in popularity in the 1920 to 1940 period, they have antecedents in the 19th century and the form continues today. We will be continuing to add more pictorial maps to the collection, and this link will automatically update with the new materials.
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2 Comments on April 4, 2015 - 15,342 New Maps Added
Brewster Kahle on April 7, 2015 at 8:58AM wrote:

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Thanks for your generosity #