LAKE, D.J. Atlas of Cuyahoga County Ohio. 205 pp. Illustrated with 48 views, of which two are double page, and 58 hand-coloured maps, of which 27 are double-page, including a double-page map of the United States. Tall folio, 410 x 370 mm, bound in original morocco-backed publisher's boards. Philadelphia: Titus, Simmons and Titus, 1874.
An impressive example of nineteenth-century American bookmaking at its very best. The splendid hand-coloured maps were engraved by Worley and Bracher and the views were lithographed by H.J.Toudy. The first half of the atlas deals with the city of Cleveland with maps of the various wards and depictions of some of the houses of the more prosperous residents. The second part deals with the surrounding towns and villages. The opening double page view is signed A. Ruger. Presumably this is Albert Ruger a successful nineteenth-century artist who specialized in maps and city views. The views have a certain charming naive quality, but are a unique pictorial record of the development of America's cities in the second half of the nineteenth century.
These nineteenth-century American atlases are now very uncommon especially complete and in good condition as here. Most copies have been segmented for the attractive individual views and framed separately. Binding a little worn and rubbed but sound, an unusually fine copy. Subject to a facsimile edition in 1975.
Item nr. 135368