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Auction 158, Lot 441

Complete French Edition of Carey & Lea's <i>American Atlas<i/>

"Atlas Geographique, Statistique, Historique et Chronologique des Deux Ameriques et des Iles Adjacentes...", Buchon, Jean Alexandre

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1825 (published)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 22.2 inches
38.1 x 56.4 cm
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This very attractive atlas is from the French edition of Carey & Lea's American Atlas. Included are 63 maps and tables of North America, South America, the United States and the West Indies. Each of the maps (53 total) is surrounded by text including economic, political, social and historical data. Of particular interest are the following maps:

Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique de l'Amerique Septentrionale (14.3 x 14.0"). The United States extends to the Pacific Ocean and reaches far north into Canada showing the boundary that becomes the Fifty-Four Forty or Fight dispute between England and the U.S. Alaska is Amerique Russe with good detail and place names along the coastal region, but a fully blank interior. Many Indian regions are noted throughout. In Texas (unnamed) only a few places are named; S. Antonio, Rancho, Matagorda, and San Saba. A bizarre mountain range diagonally crosses the Great Basin from Utah and nearly reaches the coast in the direction of San Clemente. The R. del Carmelo ou St. Phelipe, originating in L. Teguanyo ou Salo, freely runs through the Great Basin to its mouth at Monterrey.

Etats-Unis d'Amerique (21.0 x 16.8"). This map is directly derived from John Melish's seminal map of the United States. The large Arkansas Territory takes in most of present-day Oklahoma; the new state of Missouri has a vertical western border; Michigan Territory includes most of present-day eastern Wisconsin; and the Northwest Territory takes in present day Wisconsin and Minnesota. The balance of the Midwest is included in the Territoire d'Oregon and is filled with information on numerous Indian tribes. The Grand Desert Americain takes in the southern plains region. Texas is a part of Mexico.

Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique du Territoire d'Arkansas (14.2 x 14.1"). Reflecting Major Stephen H. Long's exploratory expeditions, this is an important map of the early western territories, focusing on the large Arkansas Territory, and depicting an early western border in Missouri. The map extends to the Rocky Mountains, and the plains are labeled Grand Desert. Numerous Indian villages are shown based on information gained from the Lewis and Clark expedition, and other important exploration routes are shown. The map shows Arkansas Territory extending to include present-day Oklahoma. The western portions of the map are identical to Long's map of 1823, also published by Carey & Lea.

Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique de Michigan (10.3 x 14.2"). This fine early map of Michigan Territory depicts a western boundary on a line 10° 30' West Longitude from Washington, resulting in Green Bay and a strip of present-day Wisconsin being incorporated into Michigan. The Frontiere Indienne divides lower Michigan on a diagonal line. The only settlements shown are in the southeast around Detroit, and along the Saginaw River is a Nouveaux Etablissements. The initial counties of Michilimakinak, Monroe, Oakland, DeWayne and Macomb are named but not delineated. There is a road depicted from Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Mt. Clemens. The rest of the territory is virtually blank except the a few portages and Indian villages. Several battlegrounds from the War of 1812 are located by tiny flag symbols.

Complete. Large folio, hardbound in quarter red leather over marbled paper boards with gilt title and tooling on spine. Text block has deckled edges.


Condition: A

Maps are all in full original color with crisp impressions with an occasional small spot. Only a few have minor flaws: Western Hemisphere has a crease adjacent to centerfold; New Jersey is lightly toned; Missouri is lightly toned with a 1/5" tear adjacent to centerfold at top of map image; Cuba has light soiling. The binding is sound. The covers are heavily worn and bumped, with numerous cuts to the inside front cover (as if someone was using it as a cutting board), and the spine is soiled and cracked ("B" condition).

Estimate: $5,500 - $7,000

Sold for: $3,750

Closed on 6/22/2016