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October 26, 2007

1919 Pocket Map & Guide to Denver

81. [MAP]. CLASON MAP CO. Clason’s Guide Map of Denver Colorado Published by the Clason Map Co., Denver, Colo. [below neat line at left] Copyright by the Clason Map Co., Denver, Colo. [inset at lower right] Denver Business District. [Denver, 1919]. Lithograph map with outline shading in red and green, overall sheet size including printed text at right: 48.5 x 61 cm, folded into original green pictorial stiff boards (15.5 x 10 cm) entitled on front: Clason’s Guide to Denver with Map..., with 32 pp. illustrated guide book entitled Clason’s Guide to Denver... (Denver: Clason Map Co., n.d. [1919]). Except for small tear in upper left portion of map (just into neat line) and a few tiny losses at upper right in blank area, very fine.

            An extremely detailed guide with its equally detailed accompanying map keyed to the guide itself. In addition to streets, such features as parks, public buildings, churches, schools, and railroads are depicted. An inset map of Denver shows in considerable detail, including building names, the “Denver Business District,” anchored by Union Depot on one end and the state capitol at the other. George Samuel Clason (1874-1957) was originally from Missouri. After serving in the Spanish-American War he moved to Denver, where he founded his map company, which was the first to publish a United States and Canada road atlas. The company, however, went out of business during the Great Depression. Clason is probably better known for his pamphlets concerning thrift and financial success, which used parables set in Babylon to make their points. ($100-200)

Sold. Hammer: $100.00; Price Realized: $117.50

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