1851 Black Map of the United States
Description: A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1849 map of the United States. Covers the populous eastern portions of the United States from Lake Superior in the north to the Florida Keys 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. With the rise in territorial population to the west of the Mississippi, the eastern states were becoming increasingly divided over the issues of slavery and state vs. federal sovereignty. These tensions would grow over the next 11 years culminating in the American Civil War. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers, lakes, roadways and an assortment of additional topographical details. Map is hand colored in pink, green, blue and yellow pastels to define state boundaries. The map is engraved by S. Hall and issued as plate nos. XLVII and XLVIII in Black's General Atlas.
Date: 1851 (undated)
Source: Black, A. and C., General Atlas Of The World, (Edinburgh) 1851.
References: Rumsey 2305.055 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.
Cartographer: 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. Click here for a list of rare maps by Charles & Adam Black.
Size: Printed area measures 16.5 x 21 inches (41.91 x 53.34 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Overall toning. Original platemark visible. Verso repair along original centerfold.
Code: UnitedStates-black-1851 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)