A Map of the United States if North America. Drawn from a number of Critical Researches. London: Arrowsmith, 1802 [but c.1810].
Copper-engraved map, hand-colored, four sheets (horizontal sheets only joined), 1245 x 1435 mm all together. Very minor edge-wear including a few short tears.
PREMIER AMERICAN MAP OF THIS PERIOD, NEAR FINE COPY, WITH ALL OF THE STATES HAND-COLORED, second edition, third issue. The revisions are to 1802 but this copy is on paper watermarked 1810. The 1802 edition is the last of Arrowsmith's large American maps to be issued before the Louisiana Purchase and it is known that Thomas Jefferson ordered a copy at around the same time as the Purchase. There is a large cartouche featuring a view of Niagara Falls with printed caption beginning, "Among the many Natural Curiosities which this Country affords, the Cataract of Niagara is infinitely the greatest...." Later editions (but not issues), after Lewis & Clark, omitted the Niagara cartouche and this statement.
Stevens & Tree 79(e).
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