Exceptional map of South America, at the outset of its Century of Independence.
The map is a fine large format two sheet version of one of the great maps of South America, drawn from Faden's 8 sheet map of South America, issued in 1807. One of the most detailed maps of this fascinating period in the history of South America, just after the the continent was first swept with the Revolutionary forces which would change its history (and remove Spanish and Portugese Colonial rule) over the next 40 years.
An essential map for collectors.
William Faden (1749-1836) was a prominent London mapmaker and publisher. He worked in close partnership with the prolific Thomas Jeffreys from 1773 to 1776. In 1783, Faden assumed ownership of the Jeffreys firm and was named Geographer to the King in the same year. Faden specialized in depictions of North America and also commanded a large stock of British county maps, which made him attractive as a partner to the Ordnance Survey; he published the first Ordnance map in 1801. The Admiralty also admired his work and acquired some of his plates which were re-issued as official naval charts. After retiring in 1823 the lucrative business passed to James Wyld, a former apprentice.