"[Lot of 5] Amer. Sep. Partie du Groenland. No. 4 [and] No. 11 [and] No. 12 [and] No. 19 [and] No. 20", Vandermaelen, Philippe Marie Guillaume
Subject: North Atlantic, Greenland
Period: 1825 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Universel de Geographie Physique, Politique, Statistique et Mineralogique...
Color: Hand Color
22.9 x 19.1 inches
58.2 x 48.5 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 features five handsome maps showcasing much of Greenland's coastlines, with several blocks of informative French text about the region.
The Atlas Universel 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. It was also considered to be the first lithographic atlas ever published. The maps were meant to be joined together to form a huge globe measuring 7.775 meters in diameter. There was only one edition of the atlas, published in 1825-27, and the subscription list shows that only 810 copies were sold.
Original outline color with wide margins. Sheets #11, 12 and 19 have moderate scattered foxing in the lower half of the image.