Asher & Adams' new Columbian rail road atlas and pictorial album of American industry [microform] : comprising a series of new copper plate maps exhibiting the thirty-seven states, the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and the nine territories, [not including Alaska,] delineating the railway system from the Atlantic to the Pacific, on a uniform scale of twenty miles to an inch, with general maps showing the United States, Europe, and the world : together with illustrations and descriptions of mercantile and manufacturing establishments, machinery, works of art, mechanism, trade-marks, etc., etc. ... / compiled, written, drawn and engraved under the supervision of the publishers, by their own corps of editors, engineers, topographers, and artists. ..
, A-S, , , , 430 [i.e. 464], 499-500 p. : ill., col. maps ; 64 cm
Copyright 1874 by Asher & Adams.
The atlas portion of the volume is printed on 46 leaves, which are bound after the unnumbered page following p. S. These leaves are printed on one side only, so that, with two exceptions, each opening presents either two maps or two blanks. The maps on the second through the forty-fourth leaves are numbered in the upper corners with two numbers in sequence, e.g., 3 and 4, as for folding as facing pages and binding on guards in a volume of the half the size (44.5 x 32 cm. rather than 64 x 44.5 cm.). These numbers do not form an unbroken sequence, but the cartographic coverage promised by the title-page is complete, except that Colorado, which became a state on August 1, 1876, is presented as the thirty-eighth state rather than as one of the nine territories.
The sequence of 26 unnumbered pages following the atlas is composed of two subsequences apparently numbered in the context of other publications. Each presents two pages of type set for another publication on each page of the present volume. Each sequence bears separate and independent numbering at the head and foot of each typeset page. The first is numbered 243-256 at the head and 154-167 at the foot; the page numbered 256 at the head is unnumbered at the foot. The second is numbered 285-319 at the head and 197-231 at the foot; the page numbered 319 at the head is unnumbered at the foot.
In the main numbered sequence of pages are inserted supplementary pages numbered, e.g., 2A, 2B, etc.
Main body of the work consists of heavily illustrated historical descriptions of American manufacturing firms. First 8 p. of 26-page unnumbered sequence contain statistics from the 1870 census; "History of the United States" occupies p. -.