Rare early map of Illinois, issued five years after Illinois was admitted to the Union.
This is the second of Lucas's maps of Illinois, with the addtion of Edgar County shown and the north south split of the unnamed Northern County above it, but with Fulton County mislocated south of the Illinois River, which we surmise puts this map in the second half of 1822, before the official boundary changes which created Edgar and Fulton Counties were passed.
Many Northern counties are not yet formed. An Indian Boundary Line separates the far Northern section of the state. Central counties not yet partitioned. A major portion of the Western section the state between the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers in Pike County is labeled Bounty Lands.
Shows towns, rivers, forts, roads, Indian villages, and other details.
Striking example of Fielding Lucas' fine work, which distinguished him as the best publisher of the era. Lucas' maps are highly desireable and increasingly scarce. His maps are printed on a higher quality paper than contemporary maps by Carey & Lea and demonstrate a superior engraving quality and more attractive coloring style. A fine example of this map, issued by one of the most important early American publishers, which are now virtually unobtainable in atlas form and rarely appear on the market in individual maps. Early townships are shown.
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.