CRAM, George F. (1841-1928). Cram’s Standard American Railway System Atlas of the World. Chicago and New York: George F. Cram, 1897 [front cover says 1898].

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Folio, (18 x 13 ½ inches). 22-page Attorney’s Directory, 17-page Select Bank List. 195 chromolithographed maps (many double-page). Original publisher’s brown cloth, the front cover and spine lettered in silver (rubbed with one or two surface abrasions).


First edition, later issue, first published in 1891. Formed in 1869, the George F. Cram Co. was a leading map firm and the first American firm to publish a world atlas. “With exceptionally bright colors, and crisp, bright paper, these maps are superior to other Cram railroad atlases. The maps’ main emphasis, however, must certainly be the precise depiction of the railroad routes. Every railroad line is named, numbered and color-coded by a legend on the map, giving a detailed glimpse into the prolific rail-system of turn-of-the-century America. Cities, towns, lakes, rivers, creeks and mountain ranges are shown, counties are outlined in pink, and railroad lines are given in yellow, red, blue and green” (Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum online).