Auction 145, Lot 351

"Ile de Cuba", Vandermaelen, Philippe Marie Guillaume

Subject: Cuba

Period: 1825 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.3 x 18.2 inches
54.1 x 46.2 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 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.

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Condition: A

A good 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.

Estimate: $275 - $350

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Closed on 6/12/2013

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