Clive A. Burden LTD. Rare Maps, Antique Atlases, Books and Decorative Prints

The Mapping of North America

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The map for this VERY RARE edition is by Joshua Archer (1792?-1863) and was first published in William Pinnock’s ‘Guide to Knowledge’, 1833. Archer was declared bankrupt shortly after in 1835 and was in prison for debt again in 1845. What is unusual about the plates for this period is that they were produced using woodblocks and printed directly resulting in a map which is white on black. The process of lithographic transfer was used by Thomas Johnson for the map offered here. This preserves the original block or plate from excessive wear and allows an extended life. A Thomas Johnson is recorded as being a bookseller, stationer, bookbinder, printer and publisher in Liverpool between 1833-43. This is possibly the same Johnson as our publisher after a move to Manchester. The existence of some of the early railways is recorded. One further edition appeared in 1863 surviving in just two known examples. It is from this extremely rare last edition that this plate derives. Carroll (1996) no. 98; Chubb (1927) no. 523; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).


Manchester, 1863
165 x 230 mm., early wash colour, light brown stain to lower margin, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9330


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