Up for sale here is fairly large group, 24 Twenty four, (only a few pictured all will be listed below) of Rare and Important antique Nautical Maps of the Great Lakes region of the United States. These engraved maps were made from original US Topographical Engineer Drawings from the late 1840s to about 1860 and engraved by listed artist / engraver William H. These maps were then tipped in "glued in by hand" to this very large folio.
The original drawings were created by George G. Some were done by J. Graham who also worked for the US Topographical Engineers in the 1840s and 1850s.
Many Maps are two large pages. Meade was also responsible for several other collectible , high value maps. Colorado by the end of 1862. The Bark Colorado started out as a Private owner vessel in 1856 and was commissioned in 1862 by the US Government.
The Colorado engaged in several Sea battles during the Civil war and sustained damage in battles as to where it had to be taken out of service a few times. The Colorado was commanded at one time by Lieutenant George Dewey who gained fame as Admiral Dewey during the US Spanish War. It is interesting to think that maybe Lieutenant Dewey was in his cabin at one time looking through these maps. Even the maps themselves are very difficult to come across on an individual basis, with maybe only a few appearing in the market place, but most in museums that we have found during our research of them. This folio is quite large not only in the amount of maps but also it is big in size, you need two arms to carry it.
The details of its contents can be found below. Maps included in the large folio sizes are for the total paper size not the engraving size and the list order does not match the pictures in the listing but you can enlarge the pictures to see some of their titles and details. Lake Erie 40 x 30 inches West End Lake Erie. Kelley's and Bass Islands West Lake Erie. Buffalo Harbor Niagara River 1856.
Clair Flats 30 x 29 inches Lt. South End of Lake Huron 30 x 29 inches 1859. Lake Huron 40 x 29 1/2 inches Feb 1863. Saginaw Bay and Part of Lake Huron 40 x 30 1860.10 is a lithograph on engraving Saginaw River 27 x 40 inches P. Duval and sons Philadelphia Printers 1856. Tawas Harbor 27 x 32 inches Capt J. Thunder Bay / Lake Huron 29 x 35 inches. Presque Isle Middle Island 30 x 40 inches 1860.
Straights of Mackinac 27 1/2 inches by 42 inches. Head of Green Bay 1853 War Department 22 by 30 inches. Marie 1858 28 x 29 inches. Marie Point Iroquois & East Neebish 1857 29 x 36 inches. East Neebish Rapids 1854 26 x 19 inches.Marquette Harbor 1859 29 1/2 inches by 36 inches. Eagle River / Lake Superior 1859 26 inches by 19 inches. Lake Superior 1855 22 inches by 30 inches. Agate Harbor / Lake Superior 1858 19 by 23 1/2 inches. Ontoragon Harbor Lake Superior 1859 20 inches by 24 inches. As for condition there is light air burn along areas of all three exposed edges of the maps not covered by the spine of the book but not major and the paper is not brittle. There is some age discoloration typical with 150 year+ old paper. The leather spine is deteriorating and the pages are getting a little loose inside the spine but still intact.
There are several parts in the folio where there were probably additional maps but they were removed so we don't know who many would have been in the portfolio originally but the other map removals did not effect the condition of the remaining maps. There are some finger prints along some edges from turning the pages over the years but they are not very dark. The hard cover boards have scratches and wear but they did their job protecting the contents inside.
Many maps are two pages and there is a splice line on the spine holding them together, they are all intact and tight to the spine. Only a couple have very tiny tears on the edges. Because of the size and value we are only offering this item to United States customers. The item "24 RARE IMPORTANT Listed Aritst Fine Art ENGRAVING OLD ANTIQUE Nautical MAPS $$$" is in sale since Tuesday, November 26, 2019.
This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "unusualfindscompanyinc" and is located in Huntley, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.