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"I hope you will find in [his map] a desire to linger, and in imagination, explore the ever changing panorama of Infinite Beauty ... this of Spirit, not of man . . ."

Rare pictorial map of Seattle, published by by Frank McCaffrey at the Dogwood Press in Seattle.

The map provides a whimsical look a Seattle and environs, extending to Mt. Ranier, Elliott Bay and Lake Washington.

Around the bottom and right side of the map, in an illustrated booklet form, the story of Seattle is told in 14 chapters.

Frank McCaffrey (1894-1985), a local artist and printer in Seattle, owned the Dogwood Press from 1931-1970.  

In addition to his publishing activities, McCaffrey was a serial (and unsuccessful) political candidate.  His obituary in the Seattle Times (May 15, 1985) noted:

"Business has too long been hamstrung by stupid politicians and their mismanagement of the people’s interests," McCaffrey asserted in a campaign attack against politicians during his unsuccessful 1936 mayoral bid. But he was undaunted by his loss at the polls. He again ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor in 1946, and failed to win a county commissioner’s seat in 1944 and City Council seats in 1948 and 1961.


The map is extremely rare.  We located 2 institutional copies of an 1934 edition (Seattle Public Library and University of Washington) and 1 1936 edition (University of Washington).