Arrowsmith Africa 1804


Aaron Arrowsmith.  “Africa.”  From A New and Elegant General Atlas by Aaron Arrowsmith and Samuel Lewis.  Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Petersburg and Norfolk: Conrad & Co., 1804.  8 x 9 7/8.  Engraving by Scoles.  Very good condition.

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An excellent map of Africa from an early Anglo-American atlas.  The maps were the works of Aaron Arrowsmith, one of the foremost cartographers of his era, and Samuel Lewis, one of the leaders in the nascent American cartographic field. This map is a fine example of Arrowsmith’s output, with detail of rivers, lakes, political divisions, cities and towns clearly and precisely presented.  It is interesting to see what was known and not known about the “Dark Continent” at the beginning of the nineteenth century.