Remarkably detailed map of the United States, filled with historical and geopolitical detail.
Most notable among the many interesting facets of the map is DeVallieres Grant, above the White River and Cherokee Settlement in Western Arkansas on what would become the Oklahoma Border. This is the only time we have ever seen this Grant on a map.
Also shown are Texas, with a note regarding the Treaty with Spain in 1819, Lawrence and Cape Girardeau Districts, the Illinois, New Jersey and Wabash Company lands on the Mississippi River in Illinois, which is pushed west off Lake Michigan. Colonel Simmes Donation Lands from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Ohio Company, Army Lands and Seven Ranges are shown in Ohio. The Lands Reserved for Virginia Troops and North Carolina Troops are shown in Western Kentucky and Tennessee.
The border settled by the 1818 treaty between the US and England is shown west of Lake Superior. Carver's Grant is shown in NW Territory. Indian Notes on the Sioux meeting grounds and where they collect rocks to make pipes are shown. The Division Line with the Creeks of 1765 in Northern Florida is shown. The boundary lines in western Virginia and North Carolina established in 1770 and 1795 are shown. The 20 Leagues line appears off the eastern seaboard. An Anglo-centric configuration of Maine takes a large bite out of the western portion of the state. Many forts, Indian Tribes, settlements and other notes are shown.
We are aware of editions of 1832, 1838 and 1843.
James Wyld Sr. (1790-1836) was a British cartographer and one of Europe’s leading mapmakers. He made many contributions to cartography, including the introduction of lithography into map printing in 1812.
William Faden, another celebrated cartographer, passed down his mapmaking business to Wyld in 1823. The quality and quantity of Faden’s maps, combined with Wyld’s considerable skill, brought Wyld great prestige.
Wyld was named geographer to Kings George IV and William IV, as well as HRH the Duke of York. In 1825, he was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society in 1830. Also in 1830, his son, James Wyld Jr., took over his publishing house. Wyld Sr. died of overwork on October 14, 1836.
James Wyld Jr. (1812-87) was a renowned cartographer in his own right and he successfully carried on his father’s business. He gained the title of Geographer to the Queen and H.R.H. Prince Albert. Punch (1850) described him in humorous cartographic terms, “If Mr. Wyld’s brain should be ever discovered (we will be bound he has a Map of it inside his hat), we should like to have a peep at it, for we have a suspicion that the two hemispheres must be printed, varnished, and glazed, exactly like a pair of globes.”