One of the rarest and most sought after of all maps of Florida, in one of its earliest and most primitive territorial formats. Only 4 counties (Escambia, Jackson, Duval and St. Johns) are shown and the names East and West Florida still appear on the map. The Indian Path across the Country is shown, as is marvelous detail in the southern swamps, which refers to the name Everglades. Key West is named, as are a number of other islands in the Keys. A number of early forts, roads and other places are shown, including the Indian Ferry across the St. Johns River. A fine wide margined example of this rare map, one of the earliest obtainable maps of Florida. 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 desireable and increasingly scarce. A fine example of this highly desireable 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.
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.