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In the early nineteenth century, the British cartographic publishers were producing the finest maps in the world. John Thomson, working in Edinburgh, was one of the leading British cartographers and his maps are good evidence of the quality of work issued in Great Britain at the time. The navy and marine merchants of Great Britain dominated the world at the time, so the islands of the West Indies were of particular interest. Thomson included both a general map and other maps which illustrated individual islands.
An interesting and rare 19th century map in Italian showing Hispaniola and Jamaica in the Caribbean, after the French cartographer of the turn of the 19th century, Jean Baptiste Poirson (1760-1831). The key in the top right indicates the symbols for principal towns in each province, criminal and civil courts and sea ports, and the scale below shows French and maritime leagues as well as meters. Longitude is measured from the Isola del Ferro in the Canaries and from Paris. $165
From A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1822-27. Engravings. Full, original hand coloring. Some toning along center fold. Else, very good condition.
In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their American Atlas. This volume was based on Emmanuel Las Cases' Atlas Historique of 1803, with updated maps and text modified by Carey, a political economist. He considered himself an American foil to John Stuart Mill and the London economists who were proclaimers of "the gloomy science" influenced by Ricardo and Malthus. Instead of preaching overpopulation and degeneration of the human species, Carey illustrated the nations of the western hemisphere through maps that showed an expanding region with ample promise of developing into lands of great new opportunity and growth. The sheets from this atlas, which cover North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies, are comprised of an engraved map surrounded by text documenting the history, climate, population and so forth of the area depicted. The atlas is particularly known for its excellent early maps of the states and territories of the United States. Many of these maps were drawn by Fielding Lucas, Jr., an important Baltimore cartographer. These are typical of the maps showing excellent and very up-to-date detail, and providing fine verbal and graphic pictures of states and territories in the early 19th century.
"No. 16. Map of Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies." From Mitchell's School and Family Geography. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell, 1852. 8 1/4 x 10 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate by J.H. Young. Original hand wash. Very good condition.
An excellent map of Central America and the Caribbean from just after the Mexican American War. The map depicts topographical information with clear precision, marking towns, rivers, roads, and counties. Other interesting features abound, such as indications of the proposed routes of canals at Tehuantepec and Nicaragua. Historically and geographically, a fine map from a crucial period of history. $45
A. J. Johnson. "Johnson's Cuba, Jamaica, and Porto Rico." New York: Johnson & Browning, 1860. 12 1/2 x 16 3/8. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. Full margins. Spot on inset of Puerto Rico and a few scattered in ocean; else, very good condition. With decorative border.
An attractive map of the islands of Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, as well as the Bahama Islands, by Johnson and Browning. Johnson, who published out of New York City, built a very successful business producing popular atlases, geographies and so on. This map details the northern portion of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, with ocean depths around each coast. An excellent example of Johnson's work. $150
"Barbados From Various Authorities." London: Admiralty, 31 July 1856, corrected to May 1862. 24 1/4 x 19. Engraving by J.&C. Walker. Very good condition.
A British Admiralty map of Barbados. The Admiralty's charts were some of the best in the world and this depiction of Barbadoes is a good example of the quality of their output. The costline is precisely delineated,w ith soundings given in the accessible southwest area and indications of shoals around much of the rest of the coast. The interior, with hatchuring for topography and indications of rivers, is filled with interesting information of buildings etc. As good a map as one could expect from this period. $575
"Havana, Island of Cuba, West Indies. From a Spanish Survey in 1854, corrected to 1871." No. 307 Washington DC: Hydrographic Office, U.S. Navy, 1871. 23 3/4 x 36 5/8. Lithotint. Tear in right margin, just into neat line; else, very good condition.
A nautical chart published by the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office, with soundings for Havana Harbor. A handsome and detailed chart from the late 19th century. $1,400
"Map of Mexico and Central America."/"Map of the West Indies." American: 1877. 10 3/4 x 8 7/8. Lithograph with original hand color. Very good condition.
A precisely detailed map, probably from a school atlas, showing Central America and the West Indies. $55
"Mexico, Central America, & West Indies." From Black's General Atlas of the World. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1879. Although the map states that it is "engraved and colored" by J[ohn] Bartholomew, it is lithographed in colors. Repaired tear in upper left corner, nearly invisible. Else, very good condition.
One from a series of precisely detailed maps of the world from one of the leading British mapmaking firms of the nineteenth century. Adam and Charles Black issued atlases from the 1840s through the 80s, keeping their maps as current as possible. These handsome maps are splendid examples of their output. $45
"West Indies and Central America." Ca. 1880. 12 x 16. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A fine late 19th century map of the Caribbean basin. $200
From Indexed Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1909. 12 3/8 x 19. Cerographs. Full original color. Very good condition.
Early twentieth century maps from the developing days of the Rand, McNally & Co. firm out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. Typical of the work from the firm, these maps have very good detail, precisely and neatly exhibited. Topographic and social information, provinces, roads, and many more details are illustrated. Railroad information is also presented. Aesthetically and cartographically an early example of the maps of the twentieth century.
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