Detailed map of the United States, showing Texas as a Republic and Upper California as part of Mexico, from Meyer's Hand Atlas. A highly detailed and unique map, which includes large western Territories including Ozark District, Osages Districk, Sioux District, Huron District, Mandan District and Oregon Disrict. While many of the maps in this atlas are based upon the work of Tanner and SA Mitchell, this map is clearly a unique product and lacks the Paris and Philadelphia references present on many other maps from this atlas. A scarce and desirable map. A bit of toning and offsetting, but a nice example.
Joseph Meyer (1796-1856) was a German publisher who released Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, a German-language encyclopedia in print from 1839 to 1984. Meyer was born in Gotha and educated as a merchant in Frankfurt, an important city in the book trade. He traveled in London in 1816 and was back in German in 1820, where he began to invest in textiles and railways. He opened his publishing operation, Bibliographisches Institut, in 1826. His publications each had a serial number, a new innovation at the time. He was best known for his atlases and the Meyers Universum (1833-1861), which featured steel-engravings of the world. The Universum stretched to 17 volumes in 12 languages and was subscribed to by 80,000 people all over Europe. Thanks to his publishing success, Meyer moved the Institut from Gotha to Hildburghausen in 1828. Meyer died in the latter city in 1856.