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 South America. The map covers the entire continent from the Panama Canal to the Falkland and the South Georgia Islands. It includes Colombia, Guiana, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, La Plata, Patagonia and the Falkland Islands. During this time in history most of the continent was struggling for independence and national solidarity. Led by Simon Bolivar of Venezuela and Jose de San Martin of Argentina, most of the Spanish colonies in South America won their independence by 1823. In Brazil, Dom Pedro I became first emperor after proclaiming the country' independence in 1822. Guyana is shown with British, French and Dutch divisions. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.
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.
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.
Rumsey 2305.061 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.