ARROWSMITH, A[ARON]. MAP OF AMERICA.
ARROWSMITH, A[ARON]. MAP OF AMERICA. LONDON: 24 RATHBONE PLACE, 4TH SEPTEMBER, 1804.
Publication Date: 1804Engraved hand-colored map of the Americas, approx. 50.5” x 59.5”, dissected into 24 panels and mounted on original linen, light blue silk edging, in original paste-board and marbled-paper slipcase. Map bright and fresh, case somewhat worn but completely intact. Large title vignette in top right corner with moose, squirrels, etc. First issue of this significant map, with Arrowsmith’s Rathbone Place address, and before the Louisiana Purchase was included within the United States. Arrowsmith includes information from Cook, Hearne, Vancouver, Meares, La Perouse, and Mackenzie, though not without anomalies. Mackenzie's tour of some 2,990 miles was achieved in the astonishing period of 120 days, from Slave Lake to the Arctic shore and back. Mackenzie's atlas, which was published with the account of Vancouver's Pacific voyages in 1798, provided much of the coastal detail for Arrowsmith's highly accurate depictions of British-controlled western Canada and Russian Alaska. Though several editions of Arrowsmith's "Map of America" were released between 1804 and 1840, this example, in its earliest state, shows the Rocky Mountains as a single range; the Missouri River extends far north of its true source, the Columbia River is similarly mislocated, and Vancouver Island is shown as part of the mainland. None of Lewis and Clark’s discoveries are included. Goss, The Mapping of North America 70; Rumsey 2286 (1811 issue); Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography;" 1a, in Tooley, The Mapping of America; Tooley Map 110-2; Map Collector's Circle 68. A rare map in original condition.