Catalog Archive
Auction 118, Lot 471

"[Lot of 2] Amer. Sep. - Ile de Cuba - No. 67 [and] Cuba",

Subject: Cuba

Period: 1825-71


Color: Hand Color

See Description

1) Amer. Sep. - Ile de Cuba - No. 67, by Philippe Vandermaelen (21.2 x 18"). This fine, large-scale map covers central Cuba from just west of Havana to east of Bayama and includes the Caymans and most of Jamaica. It provides minute detail of the topography, towns and villages, roads and coastal features. The inset text block describes the island's climate, soil, topography, produce, economy, government and religion. This map is from the Atlas Universel, the first atlas to present all the maps on the same scale (1: 1,641,836), with each map covering an area of approximately 20 degrees of longitude (from Paris) and 6 degrees of latitude. The atlas was also the first lithographic atlas ever published. There was only one edition, published in 1825-27, and the subscription list shows that 810 copies were sold.

2) Cuba, dated 1871, is from S.A. Mitchell's General Atlas published in Philadelphia (13.7 x 10.6"). It is a nice map showing great detail throughout Cuba and extending to show much of the Bahamas, including Nassau, and the southern tip of Florida and the Keys.



1) Sharp impression with original outline color and wide original margins. There are a couple of faint spots in the text but the map is overall near fine (A). 2) Some marginal tears closed with archival tape and a stain in upper left border (B+).

Estimate: $600 - $700


Closed on 3/6/2007