Geographical, Statistical and Historical Map of Upper and Lower Canada, and the Other British Possessions of North America


Nice map of Canada from one of the most important atlases of the 19th century.

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Isaac Lea and Henry Charles Carey teamed up to establish one of the most formidable publishing houses in 19th century America. Carey was a prominent economist and publisher. Lea was also a publisher and excelled at geography, and together the two would publish numerous volumes, including novels, encyclopedias, and A Complete Historical, Chronological and Geographical Atlas. This latter work was issued in six editions of three different languages (English, German & French) between 1822 and 1827, and is the source of this fine map of the British Territory of Canada.

As with all the other maps from the atlas, the central image is surrounded by panels of text containing information on the climate, natural features, and settlement of the area depicted. Various colors are used to denote regional organization under British occupation, which include the area from the Lake of the Woods to the island of Newfoundland. Numerous native tribes are labeled across large swathes of this territory, while the frozen northern regions are left largely vacant.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1824

Author: Carey & Lea

Sheet Width (in): 22.25

Sheet Height (in): 17.5

Condition: B

Condition Description: Moderate soiling and wear along the outer edges, concentrated near the bottom. Discoloration and separation along centerfold repaired on verso, and some paper toning. Remains good to very good, with original hand color.