1822 · Philadelphia
by LUCAS, Fielding Jr.
Philadelphia, 1822. unbound. Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 10.5" x 8.5". Rare map of North America includes Canada, United States, Mexico when most of the South West was still New Spain. Creative inset of "The Caribbee Isles". Shows cities, topographical details and waterway, with Colonial outline coloring. Full original margins with some stains along right edge. Minor spotting. Fielding Lucas Jr. was an artist, publisher and cartographer active in the early 19th century. He published his first atlas in 1815 and became known as the earliest successful commercial map published in Baltimore. He was also the first stationer in the United States. His son, William Lucas took over the printing and stationery business shortly after his death. Henry Schenck Tanner (1786-1858) was an engraver and publisher from New York City. He worked in partnership with his brother in Philadelphia for a few years before breaking off on his own. Tanner is widely considered the first native-born American publisher devoted expressly to maps. This particular map is from the rare Lucas atlas of which, apparently, only two copies are known. (Inventory #: 296757)