The First Map of Arkansas Territory and the Only Separate Map to Show Arkansas Territory Prior to the Reduction Act of 1824
One of the rarest and most sought after of all maps of Arkansas Territory, being one of only a few maps to show Arkansas Territory in its double wide configuration, along with an adjoining glimpse at a portion of Missouri Territory and Spanish Territory (Texas).
Shows many Indian tribes, villages, rivers, Cherokee line, Osage line, several salt works, trading posts, and other early landmarks. Arkansas Territory was first organized in 1819. On November 15, 1824, the first Reduction Act significantly reduced the size of the Territory by cutting off approximately the western half of the Territory. A second Reduction Act in 1828 would create its final configuration.
Striking example of Fielding Lucas' fine work, which distinguished him as the best publisher of the era. 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. Lucas' maps are highly desirable and increasingly scarce.
A fine example of this highly desirable 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.
Not listed in Phillips.
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.