|Title||General Map of North America from the best Authorities |
|Detailed view (zoom)||http://content.lib.washington.edu/mapsweb/images/Viewer/G3300_1790_R88.html |
|Cartographer||Russell, John fl. 1733-1795|
|Engraver||Russell, John fl. 1733-1795|
|Century Published||18th century|
|Publication Date||1790? |
|Descriptive Notes||Copper engraving.|
Printed in cartouche in lower left corner:
"A General Map of North America from the best Authorities."
Handwritten in title cartouche:
Printed beneath cartouche:
Printed beneath cartouche in lower left corner outside border:
"Longitude West from London."
Includes Nootka Sound as "Nootka or King Geo. Sound" as well as "Entrance Juan de Fuco." Of note, depicts "River of the West" originating in the Pacific Northwest." Northern California is labeled as New Albion or "Nova Albion." The northwestern portion of the United States is labeled as Quivira or "Qvivira." Fox(e) Island and Southampton Island are shown between Hudson Bay and Baffin Bay with no indication of the existence of Baffin Island.
Prime meridian: London.
[W 180 degrees – W 30 degrees / N 85 degrees – N 10 degrees]
Scale: c.a. 1:42, 000, 000.
|Contextual Notes||John Russell was an engraver and draughtsman for many cartographers including Dalrymple (1744-5). He also contributed to a number of published works including Guthrie's "System of Geography" (1785), "American Atlas (1795) and Burney's "Voyages" (1813). Russell produced a similar copy of this map titled, "A General Map of North America drawn from the Best Sources" published in 1794 (Tooley, 553; Wheat, 242).|
This map reflects a trend in mapmaking towards less use of ornate decoration.
Source(s): Tooley, Ronald Vere. "Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers." Hertfordshire: Map Collector Publications Limited, 1979.
Wheat, Carl I. "Mapping the Transmississippi West." Volume 1. San Francisco: Institute of Historical Cartography, 1957.
|Location Depicted||North America|
|Subjects (LCSH)||North America--Maps--Early works to 1800 |
|Digital Collection||World and Regional Maps, 16th to the 19th centuries|
|Digital ID Number||MAP098 |
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|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division.|
|Repository Collection||Rare Map Collection. G3300 1790 R88 |
|Physical Description||19 x 23 cm. |
|Condition||Original call number written in lower left edge in ink. Several small holes across upper half. Tears in left and bottom edge repaired. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original map at 600 dpi in TIFF format, resized and enhanced at 600 ppi using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using ContentDM's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2008. |
|References||Wheat, 242. |