Auction 134, Lot 124

"[Lot of 5 - Canada]", Vandermaelen, Philippe Marie Guillaume

Subject: Canada, Hudson Bay & Labrador

Period: 1827 (published)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

22.2 x 18.7 inches
56.4 x 47.5 cm

Vandermaelen was the son of a wealthy industrialist who abandoned his father's business to follow a career in cartography. His goal was to produce the first atlas ever published in which every map was drawn on the same projection and to 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. Because of the consistent scale and projection, the maps could be joined together to form a huge globe that would measure over 25 feet in diameter. Vandermaelen had the only known globe constructed from his maps, requiring a special room for its display. It was also the first lithographic atlas ever published. There was one edition of the atlas, published in 1825-27, and the subscription list shows that only 810 copies were sold. Koeman called his Atlas Universel, "One of the most remarkable world atlases ever made. Far ahead of its time."

This lot consists of five map covering the region around Hudson Bay and Labrador. Included are Amer. Sep. No. 34. Partie de la Nouvelle Bretagne, Amer. Sep. No. 35. Partie de la Nouvelle Bretagne, Amer. Sep. No. 36. Partie du Bas Canada, Amer. Sep. No. 37. Partie de l'Ile de Terre Neuve, and Amer. Sep. No. 43. Grand Banc de Terre-Neuve. Each map is filled with incredible detail.


Condition: B+

There are some light spots and toning in the maps with some tears in the blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 12/1/2010