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Description:This large beautifully hand coloured original and scarce antique map of the United States and its territories was published in the 1825 French edition of Carey & Lea's American Atlas by Jean Alexandre Buchon.This map is in exceptionally fine condition, on clean, sturdy and stable heavy paper, heavy engraving and beautiful original hand colour.
A beautifully hand coloured early, important and somewhat underrated early map of the United States. Most of the states are formed east of the Mississippi with the NW and Michigan Territories yet to gain statehood. To the west of the Mississippi are the states of Missouri and Louisiana with the vast territories of Arkansas, Missouri and Oregon north of the Missouri River. Each state is engraved with the date of statehood as well as the size of the population in 1790 & 1820.
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - white Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Yellow, green, blue, pink General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 27 1/2in x 21 1/2in (700mm x 545mm)Plate size: - 26 1/2in x 16 1/2in (670mm x 420mm) Margins: - min. 1in (25mm) Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: None Verso: - None
Background:In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their American Atlas. This volume was based on Emmanuel Las Cases'Atlas Historique of 1803, with updated maps and text modified by Carey, a political economist. He considered himself an American foil to John Stuart Mill and the London economists who were proclaimers of "the gloomy science" influenced by Ricardo and Malthus. Instead of preaching overpopulation and degeneration of the human species, Carey illustrated the nations of the western hemisphere through maps that showed an expanding region with ample promise of developing into lands of great new opportunity and growth. The sheets from this atlas, which cover North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies, are comprised of an engraved map surrounded by text documenting the history, climate, population and so forth of the area depicted. The atlas is particularly known for its excellent early maps of the states and territories of the United States. Many of these maps were drawn by Fielding Lucas, Jr., an important Baltimore cartographer. All of the maps show excellent and very up-to-date detail, providing fine verbal and graphic pictures of states and territories in the early 19th century
Jean Alexandre Buchon 1791 - 1849Buchon was a French scholar born at Menetou-Salon. He was an ardent Liberal and took an active part in party struggles under the Restoration, while throwing himself into the historical regeneration then taking place. During 1822 and the succeeding years he travelled about Europe in search of materials for his Collection des chroniques nationales franÃ§aises Ã©crites en langue vulgaire, du XIe au XVIe siÃ¨cle (4 vols, 1824 - 1829). After the revolution of 1830 he founded the Pantheon littraire, in which he published a Choix d'ouvrages mystiques (1843), a Choix de monuments primitifs de lglise chratienne (1837), a Choix des historiens grecs (1837), a collection of Chroniques trangres relatives aux expeditions franaises pendant le XIII scale (1840), and, most important of all, a Choix de chroniques et mÃ©moires sur l'histoire de France (1836 - 1841). (Ref: M&B; Tooley)