By: Philippe Marie Vandermaelen
Date: 1825 (published) Brussels
Dimensions: 18.5 x 22.5 inches (47 cm x 57 cm)
This is a splendid, early map of the California coast, centered on present day San Francisco and extending from just south of Monterey to Cape Sebastian in the north. Coastal topography is depicted in painstaking detail, while just offshore; the route of Vancouver is delineated, which includes his arrival in San Francisco on November 25, 1792. The region shown was at the time under the control of Mexican government and within a larger area known as “Upper California.”
Phillippe Marie Vandermaelen is most known for creating the first atlas to map the entire world on the same scale; a monumental task, which if all sheets were combined, would create a truly enormous globe. With regards to the cartographic history of what is now the western United States, Vandermaelen gave a great deal of attention to the region, which was for the most part being ignored by American cartographers.
An interesting diagram on the left shows a cross section with altitude variations and distance between Acapulco and Mexico City. In the top right, a text box, in French details the climate, geography, history, and locations of important places
Condition: This map is in B+ condition. With some minor edge tears that to not come near the image. Margins are full, color is old, and the paper is clean and bright.
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