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  • Title: North America
  • Author: Thomas Bradford
  • Date: 1838
  • Medium: Hand-colored engraving
  • Condition: Very Good - light age toning, foxing
  • Inches: 13 x 16 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 33.02 x 40.64 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 319037

Map of North America showing the Republic of Texas at its greatest extent reaching northwest of Santa Fe. Also depicts the United States, the Caribbean, Canada (labeled as British Territory), 'Russian America' (Alaska), Greenland, part of South America, and Mexico extending to the present-day California-Oregon border.

Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1802-1887) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as an assistant editor for the America Encyclopedia. Bradford's first major cartographic work was his revision and subsequent republication of an important French geography by Adrian Balbi, published in America as Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgement of Universal Geography, Modern & Ancient.

Among other things, Bradford focused his atlas on the Americas and abandoned the classical decoration common in European atlases in favor of a more informational and inherently American approach. Afterwards, Bradford revised and expanded this work into his own important contribution to American cartography, the 1838 An Illustrated Atlas Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries.