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Description

Fine example of F.A. Schraebl's 4 sheet wall map of North America, published in 1788.

The map illustrates North America shortly after the American Revolution, but prior to the appearance of Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee, which had not yet been formed.

The map notes that it is edited by Governor Thomas Pownall, from whose map this map was largely adapted.

Extensive annotations throughout the map in German.

Condition Description
Four sheets, joined.
Franz Anton Schraembl Biography

Schraembl was born and worked in Vienna, where he was a mapmaker in the latter half of the eighteenth century. He began his business in 1787, partnering with Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly. He is best known for his large format atlas, the Allgemeiner Grosser Atlas. The atlas was finished in 1800, after twenty years of compilation and composition--it was the first Austrian world atlas. While a notable work, the atlas did not sell well, plunging Schraembl into financial difficulty. In response, Schraembl expanded his offerings to include literature and art. Upon his death, Schraembl's firm was taken over by his widow, Johanna, and her brother, Karl Robert Schindelmayer. From 1825, it was run by Franz Anton's son, Eduard.