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AUCTION 22

 

Cram’s 1880 Pocket Map of Kansas


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286.     [MAP]. CRAM, George F[ranklin]. Crams New Sectional Map of Kansas Compiled and Published by George F. Cram. Proprietor of the Western Map Depot. Dealer in Maps, Charts, Lithographs, Steel Engravings, Photographs, &c. 262-264 Wabash Ave. Chicago. 1880. Agents Wanted [above lower neat line] Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1876. By George F. Cram in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington [in box at lower right above neat line] Agents Wanted, in Every State throughout the West to Sell Crams Great Reversible Map of the United States and World, New and Ornamental State Maps, Religious and Political Charts, Lithograph Pictures, Steel Engravings, Photographs, &c. All men out of employment will find it is their advantage to send for my Circulars and see Inducements to Agents…. Chicago, 1880. Lithograph map on bank note paper, original full color and tinting; neat line to neat line: 71 x 96.5 cm; overall sheet size: 75.5 x 101 cm; folded into original blind-embossed green cloth pocket covers (13.7 x 9.5 cm), upper cover lettered in gilt: New Sectional Map of Kansas Published by Geo. F. Cram Chicago, publisher’s printed broadside used as upper cover pastedown: Official Census of Kansas. A few clean short splits at folds, pocket covers slightly bowed, otherwise very fine with excellent color retention. Very scarce. OCLC locates the Yale copy.

     Later edition of Cram’s 1876 map (Phillips, America, p. 347). Kansas is presented on a grid pattern with locations for counties, cities, towns, rivers, roads, post offices, and railroad lines (completed and in progress) identified and located. Portions of Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, and Indian Territory are shown, the latter of which identifies areas ceded by Seminoles to the United States. Reservations located are Cherokee, Cheyenne & Arapahoe, Creek, Quapaws, Senecas, and Shawnees.

     George F. Cram’s grand production, made financially feasible due to new methods of reproduction, and the assertive advertisements for agents to sell the map are indicative of the increasing commercialization of maps in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Founded in 1869, the Cram firm outlived most nineteenth-century map publishers and is still in business, with a specialization in educational maps and globes. Cram (1842-1928) served with Union forces in the Civil War before going into the map publishing business with his uncle, Rufus Blanchard, in 1867. Two years later, he founded his own company. (See Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers, revised edition, p. 311.)

($500-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $500.00; Price Realized: $600.00

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