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“The only Nebraska state atlas made in the 19th century”—Rumsey

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15.     [ATLAS]. EVERTS, L[ouis] H. & CO. (publishers). The Official State Atlas of Nebraska. Compiled from Government Surveys, County Records and Personal Investigations [lithograph title with ornate lettering and view of the State Capitol]. Philadelphia: Everts & Kirk, 1885. [2, lithograph title], [4], 6-207 (numbered maps), 77 unnumbered pages of text (irregularly inserted throughout), 4 unnumbered text leaves (inserted at pp. 31, 61, 96, and 149) pp. (text complete), 15 leaves of black and white lithograph plates (some with more than one view per page, all but one printed on both sides). Total: 199 leaves of lithograph maps with original hand coloring (some leaves with more than one map; number 150 is skipped in numbering; inserted folding map on bank note paper numbered 6-7): Official Topographical Map of Nebraska. Compiled from Government Surveys, Official Records, and Personal Investigations. Everts & Kirk, Publishers, Philadelphia. J.H. Kaefring Lith., 831 Arch St., Phila., 39.3 x 81.5 cm, showing settlements, railroads, land district boundaries, railroad land grant limits, military and Indian reservations, etc. Folio (46 x 39 cm), original maroon cloth with title lettered in gilt on upper cover, neatly re-backed with new backstrip and corners in smooth brown calf, hinges strengthened with sympathetic maroon cloth. Covers heavily spotted and stained. Light to moderate waterstaining to blank outer margins of most leaves (not affecting text, plates or maps). A few leaves with marginal reinforcements (no losses), text leaf between 202 and 203 heavily chipped at outer margin (barely intruding into text). Large folding map at front with some marginal browning and marginal reinforcements not affecting text or image. A few leaves browned from acidic item formerly laid in. Occasional contemporary pencil notes. Very scarce.

     First edition of a foundation work for the study of nineteenth-century urbanization in the Midwest. Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1900, 12-0566. LeGear, United States Atlases 2184. Phillips, America, p. 461. Phillips, Atlases 2107. Rumsey 2719: “The only Nebraska state atlas made in the 19th century. It is similar to the Kansas atlas by Everts [see Item 14 herein].” Not in Adams, Herd.

     See also Reese, Six Score 83, where Everts & Kirk’s similar atlas on Kansas is listed and the present work mentioned. Like the Kansas atlas, the present work is rich in stock raising iconography and statistics. Many of the maps, which are certified as correct by various officials, locate ranches. Because of their large scale, the maps are quite detailed and show railroads, waterways, churches, cemeteries, and various features in the towns depicted. Numerous manufacturing establishments are also shown. The lithographed scenes, which were probably paid for by the owners of the properties depicted, show numerous prosperous farms, ranches, and town residences in their rural Victorian splendor. The detailed town maps are important documentation of a time when many of them were in their infancy. The importance of railroads in town development is obvious. The large folding map at the front was the best available map of Nebraska at that time.

     Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers, revised edition, (Vol. II, pp. 39-40) lists the various combinations in which Louis H. Everts (b. 1836) worked during his long career, which was primarily devoted to county and state atlases. See also Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, pp. 413-416.


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