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Collection name:
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Vandermaelen, Philippe, 1795-1869
Short Title:
Composite: South America
Ph. Vandermaelen
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Composite Map
Scale 1:
This composite of all 43 maps of South America was created by georeferencing the maps individually in a Polyconic projection with the central meridian at 88.5 degrees west. Then all the maps were trimmed beyond their neat lines and joined. Relief shown pictorially; depths by soundings. Prime meridian: Paris.
World Area:
South America
Full Title:
(Composite of) Amer. Merid. no. 1 - 43. (Dresse par Ph. Vandermaelen, lithographie par H. Ode. 1827)
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Engraver or Printer:
Ode, Henri
Publication Author:
Hassel, S. G. H., 1779-1829
Publication Author:
Vandermaelen, Philippe, 1795-1869
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Pub Title:
Atlas universel de geographie physique, politique, statistique et mineralogique, sur l'echelle de 1/1641836 ou d'une ligne par 1900 toises, dresse par Ph. Vandermaelen, Membre de la Societe de Geographie de Paris, d'apres les meilleures cartes, observations astronomiques et voyages dans les divers Pays de la Terre; Lithographie par H. Ode, Membre de la Societe de Geographie de Paris. Premier partie. - Europe. Bruxelles. 1827 ... Deuxieme partie. - Asie ... Troisieme partie. - Afrique ... Quatrieme partie. - Amer. sept. ... Cinquieme partie. - Amer. merid. ... Sixieme partie. - Oceanique. (with) Statistique de l'Europe d'apres Hassel.
Pub Reference:
Phillips, 749; Koeman Vdm 1; National Maritime Museum, 179; Wellens-De Donder, L. Philippe Vandermaelen 1795-1869, 4-5.
Pub Note:
This monumental work was the first atlas of the world with all maps on the same scale (and a large scale at that - about one inch to 26 miles) and the first lithographed world atlas. If all the maps were joined together they would form a globe of 7.75 meters in diameter (such a globe was made in Brussels). The maps were published originally in parts of ten maps each, beginning in 1825 and ending in 1827. Vandermaelen's maps are frequently misunderstood because each map is usually best comprehended in the context of its neighboring maps - the maps do not function well on their own, since they were all meant to be joined. Koeman states that "His atlases, although unique in concept and size did not possess that fine touch of cartographic style which make them attractive for a collector..." We strongly disagree - the graphic art of the maps must be appreciated in the context of lithography, a developing art at the time; as lithographs, they are very well done. For many of the areas depicted, these maps are the largest scale maps made at the time, and the most detailed (particularly in the American West). Maps are hand painted in outline color.
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World Atlas
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Composite: South America