Philippe Vander Maelen. “Amerique Septentrionale; No. 49.” [Illinois, Missouri and western areas]. From Atlas Universel. Brussels: P. Vander Maelen, 1827. 18 1/2 x 22 1/2. Lithograph by H. Ode. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A finely executed and very detailed map from Vander Maelen’s monumental atlas of 1827, the Atlas Universel. This atlas was one of the most remarkable world atlases ever produced, anticipating the International Map of the World and showng for the first time the entire land mass of the world on a uniform scale. The entire atlas consisted of 400 maps drawn on a scale of ca. 1:1.6 million, with as precise and accurate information as was then available. This atlas was also the first to be made totally with lithography, each map precisely drawn by H. Ode. This map is the first lithographed map to show Illinois, Missouri and points west that would become present-day Kansas and Iowa. Within small circles is the population of each state. Other information includes towns, rivers and lakes, roads, and topography. An interesting map of a quality well before its time.