1840 Black map of the United States

United States.

1840 Black map of the United States


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United States.
  1840 (undated)    21 x 16 in (53.34 x 40.64 cm)


A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of the United States. Covers the populous eastern portions of the United States from Lake Superior in the north to the Bahamas in the south and from Missouri in the west to Maine in the east. The United States at this time was witnessing a period of rapid expansion as well as rising anxiety over the issue of slavery. These tensions would grow over the next twenty years culminating in the American Civil War. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.


Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day.


Hall, Sydney, Black's General Atlas: A series of Fifty-Four Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources, Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of the Art, (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black) 1840.    


Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible. Original centerfold.


Rumsey 2305.055 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.