A CHART OF THE WORLD, ON MERCATOR'S PROJECTION. REDUCED FROM THE LARGE CHART BY JOHN PURDY.

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Richard Laurie

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A Chart of the World, On Mercator's Projection. Reduced from the Large Chart by John Purdy.

Copper plate engraving, 1834.
Segmented case map, image size 25 1/8 x 38 1/2 (34 x 97.6 cm) plus margins.
Good condition save for some splitting in the linen which has been reinforced. Original hand coloring.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 88478
Price: $2,350.00
Publisher : Published by Richard Holmes Laurie, Chartseller to the Admiralty, &c No. 53, Fleet Street, London: 9th Jany. 1833-4
A fine separately issued and highly detailed large-scale map of the world. Each country and territory are separately colored and thousands of localities are named from all parts of the world. The tracts of many voyages from early circumnavigators to the voyages of Captain James Cook and the most recent scientific expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic by the likes of Ross, Franklin, and Biscoe are described and shown, the ladder being highlighted in red. One area of historical interest is separate delineation for the Oregon Country where the border dispute was at the time occurring. The English were claiming a border at the 42nd parallel. The United States wanted the border at 54°40' latitude, just below the Russian territory of Alaska. At the time this was a real point of contention between the two countries. During the U.S. Presidential elections, James Polk campaigned with the slogan"54°40' or Fight." In the end, calmer heads prevailed and the dividing line set at the 49th parallel. A scarce map. Maps

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