This is a beautiful example of the 1887 Tunison map of northwest Africa. It covers Morocco, Algeria and Tunis from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sahara. After its conquest by the French in 1830, Algeria became an attractive destination for european immigrants. However the majority indigenous Muslim population was dissatisfied with the political system. This dissatisfaction would ultimately trigger the Algerian War and led to Algeria's independence from France. Map is highly detailed and color coded according to political and regional boundaries. Various towns, cities, rivers, deserts, mountains and other topographical details are noted. Published as plate no. 143 in Tunison's Peerless Universal Atlas.
Henry Tunison (fl. c. 1886 – 1909) was a late 19th century American map publisher and businessman based in Illinois. Tunison published the Peerless Universal Atlas in various editions from 1886 to 1909. Unlike his competitors, the Rand McNally Company and George F. Cram, who printed low quality atlases using printed color, Tunison utilized old world publishing techniques and distinctively vivid hand color to drive the sales of his popular atlas. Because of this, Tunison’s maps, though late of period, remain desirable among collectors. Little is certain regarding Tunison’s early life; however, it may be one Henry Tunison whose family immigrated to Illinois from New Jersey in 1838. More by this mapmaker...
Tunison, H., Tunison's Peerless Universal Atlas (Jacksonville, Illinois) 1887.
Very good. Portion of map on verso.