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ARROWSMITH, Aaron.

A Map of the United States of North America

drawn from a number of critical researches.

Stock Code
82225
As the Act directs by A. Arrowsmith, No.10 Soho Square, London, 1796
£9,500

Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823) was the greatest cartographer of his day; a remarkable talent, it seems he was largely self-taught as a surveyor, before learning the publishing trade with the London maker, mapseller and publisher Andrew Dury. After working as surveyor for John Cary, he left to establish his only publishing business.

His particular specialism was wall-maps, of any and all parts of the world. He prided himself on the meticulous approach he took in preparing the maps, bringing together different sources, merging them when they overlapped, correcting them when they conflicted and rejecting details that were unreliable or unproven.

Among the many important maps that he published were two world maps, one on Mercator's Projection and one on a double-hemisphere projection, and some maps of the Americas, including this one.

Arrowsmith regularly updated this map as new information became available, incorporating the latest town names, geographical discoveries, newly-established regions, and so on,

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Description

Engraved map on four sheets, joined in two sections as a single map, fine original hand-colour; some slight offsetting, small repairs to margins, laid on linen. Dimensions: 128 × 148 cm (50.5 × 58.25 inches).

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