Pacific Shore Maps
Title: “Carte Geographique...de la Jamaique”
Cartographer: Jean Alexandre Buchon
Date and Place: 1825; Paris
Publisher: J. Carez
Reference: “Atlas Geographique des Deux Ameriques”
Dimensions & Type: 18 x 24 inches(45 x 60 cm)inches overall; map is 11 x11 inches (28 x 28 cm). Engraving
Condition: VG+, very strong strike and quite clean
In1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their American Atlas. This volume was based on Emmanuel Las Cases' Atlas Historique of 1803, with updated maps and text modified by Carey, a political economist. The atlas was republished in Paris in 1825 by J.A. Buchon and is considered by many to be of finer quality both in terms of engraving and paper (certainly true in the latter case here). In Buchon’s edition he notes that the atlas is translated from an atlas done in America based on Le Sage and that he (Buchon) has made “nombreuses corrections et augmentations”. Of interest, the volume from which this map is taken was dedicated to the Duc d’Orleans.
Jamaica colored by Counties (Cornwall, Middlesex and Surry). In the surrounding text, the history of the island takes up two columns and is amazingly detailed. The map itself is nicely engraved and has numerous place and geographic features named.