Auction 119, Lot 387

"Amer. Sep. Partie de la Vielle Californie. No. 58", Vandermaelen, Philippe Marie Guillaume

Subject: Mexico, Baja

Period: 1827 (published)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

20 x 18 inches
50.8 x 45.7 cm

This fine lithographed map covers the Baja from Isle Redonda and the Mission de San Francisco Borja to La Paz. This was the first atlas map to provide such a fine level of detail in the Baja. The Atlas Universel was a monumental work and milestone in cartography; particularly the cartography of the American West. It was the first atlas of the world with all maps on the same scale (1: 1,641,836 - about one inch to 26 miles) and the first lithographed world atlas. The maps (400 in all) were intended to be joined together, thus forming a globe measuring 7.75 meters in diameter. There was only one edition, published in a series of parts between 1825-27, and the subscription list shows that a mere 810 copies were sold.


Condition: A

Short fold separations are closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $200 - $275

Sold for: $150

Closed on 5/9/2007