Northern Hemisphere / Southern Hemisphere
1838 (undated) 5 x 10 in (12.7 x 25.4 cm)
An unusual and attractive map of the world on a hemisphere projection. Depicts the world as seen from the North Pole and south pole. Antarctica is mysteriously absent. Divided according to continents. In Africa the Mountains of the Moon are shown, as are the Andes in South America, the Rockies in North America, and the Altaian Mountains of Asia. Prepared by Thomas Bradford for the 1838 issue of his small format atlas of the world.
Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1802-1887) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as an assistant editor for the America Encyclopedia. Bradford's first major cartographic work was his revision and subsequent republishing of an important French geography by Adrian Balbi, Abrege de Geographie published in America as Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgment of Universal Geography, Modern and Ancient. Afterwards Bradford revised and expanded this work into his own important contributions to American cartography, the 1838 An Illustrated Atlas Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries. Bradford's cartographic work is significant as among the first to record Texas as an independent nation. In his long career as a map publisher Bradford worked with William Davis Ticknor of Boston, Freeman Hunt of New York, Charles De Silver of Philadelphia, John Hinton, George Washington Boynton, and others. We have been able to discover little of Bradford's personal life.
Fine or perfect. No flaws of any kind.