Boston: Thomas & Andrews, October 1, 1805. Second edition. Hardcover. Arrowsmith and Lewis's important little atlas, complete with 63 maps. The original thirteen states are included as well as the District of Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi Territory and Louisiana. Very important work from an American map point of view, but also contains a fascinating New Holland (Australia) map with an incomplete southern coast extending down to Antarctica.
Wheat lists four of the maps included in this atlas and considers them to be significant - Louisiana (Wheat 259), British Possessions in America (Wheat 260), Spanish Dominions in North America (Wheat 261) and North America (Wheat 262) - and says of them collectively "When considered together the four afford a remarkably clear epitome of the knowledge of the West at the moment when Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were poised for the take-off of their history-making expedition." Paul Cohen describes the Louisiana map in "Mapping the West" stating that although it is as equally inaccurate as the Soulard version, "[the Samuel Lewis map] ... was the primary map of the newly purchased territory of Louisiana and its surroundings and, as such, reflected and shaped American popular geographical images of the western interior at the time of Lewis and Clark."
With an interesting Fairfield County, Connecticut provenance: Charity B. Sherwood (1794 - 1816) and Sally Sherwood, daughters of Samuel Burr Sherwood (1767 - 1883), have signed their names here, with Charity's name very carefully lettered vertically in large all caps at the front end paper. Their father was a Yale graduate (1786) and a successful attorney and farmer in the town of Weston.
4to., 9 1/4 x 11 inches. The impressions of 63 engraved maps are mostly lighter color (Connecticut has been hand colored to its detriment), several of which are folding, complete as issued, with title page and list of maps and numbered in ink manuscript in upper right corners. The Pacific Ocean map has tear into the image. Pages browned and waterstained at lower corners. Original quarter leather and paper covered boards quite scuffed.
The maps in reasonable condition: the hemisphere map is torn at the bottom edge at the center fold; a split at the bottom of the fold of the World Map; a closed tear at the bottom of Pacific Ocean map into image; some of the state maps with later outline color.
OCLC: 953568257 cites this as the second edition, and locates only one copy, at Stanford. Not in Shaw & Shoemaker; Ristow p. 265; Phillips 702. Not held by the David Rumsey Collection.
A rare atlas. Good condition. Item #25532