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1804 (1808) Aaron Arrowsmith

Large format case map of America, dissected and laid on linen, with slip case and paste down title. Paste down endpaper includes a note that the map was sold by W. Faden at No. 5 Charing Cross. An excellent map of America, extending to the Sandwich Islands and Cape Verde Islands. The map reflects the updates in the NW Coast of America to account for the voyages of Cook, Vancouver, Mears, La Perouse and others. The Rocky Mtns are a single range, based largely on Humboldt. The Missions in Upper California are named. The Missouri R. extends fare north of its true source and references Tall & Manders Indian Villages. Columbia R is similarly mislocated. Extensive forts in the Mississippi Valley. From the year after the Louisiana Purchase.

Aaron Arrowsmith Biography

Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823) was born in Durham in 1750. He came to London for work around 1770, where he found employment as a surveyor for the city’s mapmakers. By 1790, he had set up his own shop which specialized in general charts. Arrowsmith’s three shops were located on or near Soho Square, a neighborhood the led him to rub shoulders with the likes of Joseph Banks, the naturalist, and Matthew Flinders, the hydrographer. Through his business ties and employment at the HO, Arrowsmith made other important relationships with Alexander Dalrymple, the HBC, and other companies. In 1810 he became Hydrographer to the Prince of Wales and, in 1820, Hydrographer to the King. He died in 1823, whereby the business passed to his sons, Aaron and Samuel, and, later, his nephew, John.