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1915 Bartholomew Map of United States and Part of Canada, showing Railroads


1915 Bartholomew Map of United States and Part of Canada, showing Railroads




Orographical Reduced Survey Map of the United States and Part of Canada.
  1915 (undated)     32 x 44 in (81.28 x 111.76 cm)     1 : 5000000


This is an uncommon example of the 1915 pocket map of the United States and Part of Canada issued by J. G. Bartholomew. This topographical map covers all of the United States, along with parts of Canada and Mexico. The map is highly detailed and notes several towns, cities, rivers, islands and other topographical details. It also notes important railway routes throughout. Relief is shown in nine colors ranging from olive green to dark brown indicating elevations between the contours of 0 to above 10000 feet. Two insets detailing the vicinity of San Francisco and Victoria are included in the lower left quadrant. This map was manufactured in Great Britain by John Bartholomew & Sons Ltd., Edinburgh.


The Bartholomew Family (fl. c. 1810 - 1920) is clan of map publishers active in London through the 19th century. They represent one of the great names in British cartography. The cartographic story of the Bartholomew family begins with George Bartholomew (January, 8 1784 - October 23, 1871, active from 1797), an engraver in the employ of the Daniel Lizars firm of Edinburgh. George was the first of six generations in the Bartholomew map-making dynasty. It was his son, John Bartholomew Sr. (1805 - April 9, 1861) who ultimately founded John Bartholomew and Sons in 1828. The John Bartholomew firm produced thousands of maps and rose to become one of the largest and most prolific cartography firms in Scotland. John Sr. was succeeded by his son, also John Bartholomew Jr. (1831-93). John George Bartholomew (1860-1920), son of John Bartholomew (1831-93) took control of the firm at its height. John George was a charter member of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and supported the creation of a National Institute of Geography - a good idea that never took off. John George is also reliably attributed to be the first to bring the term "Antarctica" into popular usage as a denominator for the Southern Continent. In recognition of his work, John George was awarded a warrant from the king and often used the title "Cartographer to the King" on his imprint. Among his friends and admirers he was referred to as the "Prince of Cartography". Today the John Bartholomew firm has been absorbed into the HarperCollins family of publishers. The vast archive of maps and atlases produced by the Bartholomew family has since been transferred to the National Library of Scotland where it is currently in the cataloguing process.


Very good. Dissected and mounted on linen. Minor wear along original fold lines. Several pencil and ink markings along left margin near California. Blank on verso.