ARMSTRONG, LeRoy. Pictorial Atlas Illustrating the Spanish-American War: Comprising a History of the Great Conflict of the United States with Spain. Chicago: W. S. Reeve, [c. 1898].

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Folio, (14 ¾ x 11 ½ inches). 68 chromolithographed maps (many double-page), frontispiece with original hand-color, profusely illustrated throughout. Original publisher’s pictorial green cloth with wrap-around illustration stamped in black, yellow, red, white, and blue (endpapers spotted, spine a bit shaken, extremities worn, rubbed).


Provenance: Contemporary manuscript ownership inscription to recto of front free endpaper: “Mrs. W. W. Harwood.”

First edition. Lavishly illustrated atlas outlining the events of the Spanish-American War, almost immediately after the fact. “Especial attention is called to the maps and charts included in the present volume. So great an event as the war with Spain, bringing as it has new regions within the range of our daily study, has awakened a broadened interest in geography. No maps so complete, so accurate, so satisfactory, of so recent revision, and of such value in the newer era, have ever been presented; nor will anything approaching their value be offered to the public in many years. The making of maps is a difficult labor, attempted by but few publishers, and carried by none to a pint so near perfection. They will be found reliable, far superior to those of any other publication, and of especial importance in following the changes of this present history” (from the Preface).