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1840 Black Map of North America and the United States

North America. - Main View

1840 Black Map of North America and the United States



North America.
  1840 (undated)     16 x 11.5 in (40.64 x 29.21 cm)


A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of North America. The map covers the continent from the North Georgian Islands in the Arctic Ocean to the Galapagos Islands in the North Pacific Ocean. Also covers Greenland and Iceland. Includes the Russian and British territories in America, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America and the West Indies. At the time this map was drawn, Canada witnessed the rebellions of 1837 and 1838. In Mexico the rebellion of the english speaking region of Texas caused tension between the liberals and the conservatives within Mexico, as well as between Mexico and the United States. The United States, meanwhile, was rapidly expanding westward. This being a British map, the Crown's claims all lands north of the Columbia River (modern day Washington) are noted. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.


Charles and Adam Black (fl. 1807 - present) were map and book publishers based in Edinburgh. Charles and his uncle, Adam, both 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. More by this mapmaker...


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. Minor stains in margin. Erased pencil marks over the North Georgian Islands.


Rumsey 2305.052 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.