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Colby's Atlas Of The State Of Maine Including Statistics and Descriptions, Colby, George N, (Assisted by H. E. Halfpenny & J. H. Stuart)
1 Colby, George N, (Assisted by H. E. Halfpenny & J. H. Stuart) Colby's Atlas Of The State Of Maine Including Statistics and Descriptions
Houlton, ME George N. Colby Et Al 1885 5th Edition Hardcover Fair 
B&W and Color Illustrations; This is a STARTER COPY only. "With a brief history of Maine compiled by Dr. W. B. Lapham. 25 pp and 27-96 pp maps, with Gray's New Map of the United States and Gray's New Map of the Hemispheres, Patron's Business Directory, 5th edition." Brown cloth covers with an amateurish library taped repair to the spine. The gilt lettering on the front cover has mostly rubbed, though the embossing is somewhat visible. The front inner hinge has a dubious repair. There is a previous owner's inked gift notation on the front pastedown page. Both front and rear endpapers have spotting, wear, bits missing and are generally in sad condition. The first several pages, including the title page have large chips missing and all three edges of the text block taped with paper tape "repairs". The bottom corner of the preface page has a large chip missing, which, unfortunately has taken out several paragraphes of information. Most text pages have edge wear, rubbing, smallish edge tears and bits of ground-in dirt. A number of non-consecutive pages have paper tape reinforcement and repairs. The map of Mount Desert and adjacent islands has a previous owner's clear tape (now yellowed and brittle) at the hinges and throughout the map. All maps are present, though few are without wear, damage or repairs. Overall, a good starter atlas -- would be good for a restoration project. "Mapmaking was a high art and a big business in the 19th century, when cartographers and publishing companies all over the United States combined forces to produce handsomely printed atlases of cities, counties and states. Maine was no exception, and atlases of each of the state’s 16 counties made their appearance in the 1880s. Striking in their detail, these atlases depicted their respective regions at various scales. Five miles to the inch was sufficient to squeeze all of Washington County into two oversized pages of the George N. Colby Co. ’s 1881 atlas of that county, while 330 feet to the inch worked for the City of Eastport. Princeton, which takes up half a page in the Washington County atlas, is scaled at 30 rods (495 feet) to the inch. " 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Mitchell's New General Atlas Containing Maps of the Various Countries of the World, Plans of Cities, Etc...., Mitchell, S. Augustus (Jr. )
2 Mitchell, S. Augustus (Jr. ) Mitchell's New General Atlas Containing Maps of the Various Countries of the World, Plans of Cities, Etc....
Philadelphia, PA S. Augustus Mitchell 1877 Later edition Hardcover Good 
B&W and Color Illustrations; Folio sized (13" x 15" approx. ). This atlas is in Good only condition and was issued without a dust jacket. Three quarter leather (leather spine and corners) weathered, dry and brittle. The rear cover is detached but present. The front cover is stamped in gilt and black, and the rear cover is stamped in blind. The endpapers are a solid salmon color, and the front pastedown page includes a previous owner's inked gift notation. The front inner hinge is solid. Included are "83 quarto maps forming a series of One Hundred and Forty Maps and Plans together with Valuable Statistical Tables. Also a List of Post-Offices of the United States and Territories and Census of 1860 and 1870." The maps and map pages are in generally clean, bright condition, most maps are illustrated in color. There are occasional spots of foxing throughout. The map of the state of Maine has a 2"+ semi-closed tear to the bottom edge. All maps appear to be present. Also included is 38 pages of reference information. Several of the reference pages have wear to the foredges and several small tears or nicks. "The Mitchell company was one of the first to try out the new technique of engraving on steel plates, experimenting with steel almost 20 years before the rest of the publishing industry. He was printing with steel in the early 1830's; the general switch to steel was approximately 1850. During the early years of the company, Mitchell published mainly maps and travel guides until 1846, when he acquired the copyright to Tanner's New Universal Atlas. In 1846, the company also switched to steel engraving as their primary means of printing. The New Universal Atlas was published until 1859. In 1860, it was replaced by Mitchell's New General Atlas, and Mitchell Sr. Retired and turned the business over to his son of the same name. The New General Atlas was published until 1893. Other Mitchell atlases include the School Atlas (1839-1886) and the Ancient Atlas, Classical and Sacred (1844-1874). The firm continued publishing into the 1890's and, at its height, employed 250 people and sold 400,000 publications per year. Mitchell Sr. Died in 1868." 
Price: 500.00 USD
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