Excellent example of Fielding Lucas' increasingly rare map of North America, from his New & Elegant Atlas. Includes the tell tale wash coloring style employed by Lucas. Texas and Upper California are still part of the Mexico, which is on the eve of its Independence. The two mythical salt lakes, Timpanagos (listed as doubtful) and Teguayo (western limits labeled as unknown), still appear, as do the mythical western rivers, reaching the Pacific Odean. The discoveries of Lewis & Clark are in evidence. Ft. Astoria and Ft. Mandan are both shown. Excellent Indian detail.The Colorado and Gila Rivers are still quite primitively mapped.A few of the Upper California Missions are named. Very primitive Alaska and NW Coast of America. A fine wide margined example. Lucas' fine engraving style distinguished his maps and resulted in his being selected to produce many of the maps for Carey & Lea's Atlas of 1822.
Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781-1854) was a prominent American cartographer, engraver, artist, and public figure during the first half of the 19th century.
Lucas was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and moved to Philadelphia as a teenager, before settling in Baltimore. There he launched a successful cartographic career. Lucas's first atlas was announced in early- to mid-1812, with production taking place between September 1812 and December of 1813, by which point the engravings were complete. Bound copies of the atlas -- A new and elegant general atlas: Containing maps of each of the United States -- were available early in the next year, beating Carey to market by about two months. Lucas later published A General Atlas Containing Distinct Maps Of all the known Countries in the World in the early 1820s.