Auction 163, Lot 410

"Amer. Sep. Partie du Mexique. No. 65", Vandermaelen, Philippe Marie Guillaume

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1825-27 (published)

Publication: Atlas Universel de Geographie...

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.3 x 18.4 inches
54.1 x 46.7 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 uncommon map covers the east of coast of Mexico and inland to include Mexico City. The information was gathered from Spanish sources and Humboldt’s Carte Generale...Nouvelle Espagne (1809). The Atlas Universel was the first atlas to present all the maps on the same scale (1: 1,641,836) about one inch to 26 miles, with each map covering an area of approximately 10 degrees longitude (from Paris) and 6 degrees of latitude. It is 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. Only one edition of the atlas was published in 1825-27, and the subscription list shows that just 810 copies were sold; thus the maps are very scarce on the market today.

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Condition: B

Original outline color with light color offsetting and mild discoloration along the centerfold.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Unsold

Closed on 6/14/2017

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