Chicago. Lakeside Press Chicago. 1875.
Very decorative handcolored maps of the Eastern and Western hemispheres, color maps and views throughout, 18 x 15 inches, gilt embossed decorative cloth covered boards, considerable wear to edges, spine which was in poor condition has been reattached and the hinges reinforced so that the very hefty volume is now sturdy and can be safely handled. Title page and frontispiece are creased: title page has long tears and has been crudely mended; double page sectional map of Iowa (p.20-21 ) has a detached piece 3 1/2 x 1 inch at lower left centre but this piece is present; occasional short margin tears and light soiling to the first few sheets of the volume, but as you turn the sheets in the volume the wear/soiling lessens (as interest declined presumably). The last 12 pages of the volume are creased. The cover boards are original but very worn, rebacked and repaired; the hinges have been reinforced. The pagination has some gaps, but it seems clear from the tightness of the binding that these pages were never present: p 30-31; p 69-70; p 85-86; p 97-98 p109-110; 113-114; p 119-120; two different pages numbered 122. There are two pages numbered: 129; 163-164; 191-192; 243-4. There is some inconsistent numbering in the lengthy text section, but the sections appear to be complete. No page 281-282 but p. 280 is the Biographical Sketches section which is marked "concluded" and the following page is a new section: State of Iowa. Despite this list of condition issues the heavy volume is a treasure trove of information and a formidable testament to the state of Iowa in the late 19th century. A hefty tome celebrating Iowa's place in the heartland with detailed maps and expansive views of the cities and towns and those who made them thrive. Item #56181