Finely colored example of one of the scarcest and most attractive maps of Pennsylvania to appear in an American Atlas.
PA has 51 counties, with Lycoming and Luzerne much reduced but still oversized and Blair, Cameron, Carbon, Clarion, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Monroe, Montour, Sullivan, Snyder and Wyoming still missing. The State Road from Kittaning to Hamilton, NY and the National Road (which starts in Baltimore) shown.
This is perhaps the rarest and most attractive of all early 19th Century atlas maps of Pennsylvania.
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.