|Method||Copper engraved with original hand colour|
|Artist||Buache, Jean Nicolas after Arrowsmith, Aaron|
|Published||[Dentu, Paris, 1804]|
|Dimensions||205 x 250 mm|
A French map of Canada and the northern United States at the turn of the nineteenth century, from the Geographie Moderne, Redigee sur un Nouveau Plan. The map pays particular attention to the territories held by the English and Americans, as well as the geography of the Great Lakes, much of which was documented by the French. The map was originally engraved by Arrowsmith, but reissued with French titles and text by Buache.
Jean-Nicolas Buache, also known as Buache de La Neuville (1741-1825) was a French cartographer and last to bear the title 'Geographer to the King'. Elected member of the Academy of Sciences in 1770, he was commissioned by Louis XVI to draw up in 1788 the maps of the bailiwicks of the kingdom of France.
The Arrowsmiths were a family of English mapmakers. The business was founded by Aaron Arrowsmith, Hydrographer to the Prince of Wales in c. 1810 and subsequently to the King in 1820. He was joined in 1810 by his nephew John Arrowsmith. After Aaron died in 1823, the business was continued by his sons Aaron Jr. and Samuel, who ran it until John took over the entire business. In 1863 he received the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society, of which body he was one of the founders.
Condition: Minor creasing to edges of sheet. Two foxing marks to margins, not affecting map. Blank on verso.