Auction 122, Lot 299

"Amer. Sep. Partie des Etats Unis. No. 40", Vandermaelen, Philippe Marie Guillaume

Subject: Montana, Dakotas

Period: 1825-27 (published)

Publication: Atlas Universel de Geographie Physique, Politique, Statistique et Mineralogique

Color: Black & White

19.8 x 17.9 inches
50.3 x 45.5 cm

This important and very unusual map of the Oregon Territory actually covers part of Montana with the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. The map incorporates information from the explorations of Vérendrye, Trudeau, Dorion, Hunt and Lewis & Clark. Several Indian tribes are located (along with their populations). No towns or settlements are shown, although it locates Fort Mandan. The Atlas Universel contained 400 lithographed maps in 6 volumes. It was 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 longitude (from Paris) and 6 degrees of latitude. There was only one edition, published in 1825-27, and the subscription list shows that 810 copies were sold.

References: Phillips (A) #749; Imago Mundi, Vol. 24.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on a sheet with some unobtrusive foxing.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/5/2007