Fielding Lucas, Jr.’s forgotten maps of Tennessee

Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781—1854) was an outstanding early 19th century American cartographer and map publisher, artist, musician, stationer, and civic leader. He was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, moved to Philadelphia for work and/or education as a teenager, and spent his professional career in Baltimore. Two of his published maps pertain to Tennessee, aka “western North Carolina” (yes, I’m justifying their inclusion in the North Carolina Map Blog). Neither of these maps is recorded by Philips in A List of Maps of America in the Library of Congress..., or by Wells in A Checklist of Tennessee Maps, 1820-1830. The maps are also not described by Ristow in American Maps and Mapmakers. These two maps have been long lost and forgotten… until now. Continue reading “Fielding Lucas, Jr.’s forgotten maps of Tennessee”

Cape Fear & Yadkin Rail Road: NC’s first….or not.

If you believe the map, the Cape Fear & Yadkin Rail Road was the first railroad completed within the state of North Carolina.

From David Rumsey Collection.
From David Rumsey Collection.

The map was wrong. Continue reading “Cape Fear & Yadkin Rail Road: NC’s first….or not.”

An unrecorded map of North Carolina

Given the lack of a useful cartobibliography for post-Revolutionary War maps of North Carolina, one shouldn’t be too surprised to find a previously unrecorded map. Nonetheless, the recent discovery of a previously unknown first state of an 1814 map of North Carolina generated some excitement from this blogger. Continue reading “An unrecorded map of North Carolina”

Price-Strother: a final letter

NOTE: The information provided here is supplementary to “Reflecting on the Price-Strother Map of North Carolina: An Uncommon Exercise for an Uncommon Map”, the history of this magnificent map published in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts

There are four NC Map Blog supplements to the MESDA article:

Price-Strother map legal documents

Price-Strother map of NC: reviews and advertisements

Price-Strother map in contemporary letters

Price-Strother: a final letter (this page, scroll down)

 

Jonathan Price’s debt to the State transferred to the
University of North Carolina Board of Trustees and
Price’s stirring letter to the Trustees.

(If you don’t read anything else, at the very least, skip to the end and read Price’s letter.)

Continue reading “Price-Strother: a final letter”

Price-Strother map in contemporary letters

NOTE: The information provided here is supplementary to “Reflecting on the Price-Strother Map of North Carolina: An Uncommon Exercise for an Uncommon Map”, a history of this magnificent map published in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts

There are four NC Map Blog supplements to the MESDA article:

Price-Strother map legal documents

Price-Strother map of NC: reviews and ads

Price-Strother map in contemporary letters (this page, scroll down)

Price-Strother: a final letter

 

 

 

Contemporary letters referencing the Price-Strother map

Aaron Burr was most renowned for being Vice President during Jefferson’s first term, and while in that office, killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Continue reading “Price-Strother map in contemporary letters”

Price-Strother map of NC: Reviews and Ads

 

NOTE: The information provided here is supplementary to “Reflecting on the Price-Strother Map of North Carolina: An Uncommon Exercise for an Uncommon Map”, a history of this magnificent map published in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts.  There are four NC Map Blog supplements to the MESDA article:

Price-Strother map legal documents

Price-Strother map of NC: reviews and ads (this page, scroll down)

Price-Strother map in contemporary letters

Price-Strother: a final letter

 

 

 

Contemporary reviews and advertisements for
the Price-Strother map of North Carolina

The earliest review located thus far was published in The Monthly Anthology, and Boston Review in April 1808.[1] Was it an original review, or was it a reprint of an earlier review? Continue reading “Price-Strother map of NC: Reviews and Ads”

Price-Strother map legal documents

NOTE: The information provided here is supplementary to “Reflecting on the Price-Strother Map of North Carolina: An Uncommon Exercise for an Uncommon Map”, a  history of this magnificent map published in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts. There are four NC Map Blog supplements to the MESDA article:

Price-Strother map legal documents (this page, scroll down)

Price-Strother map of NC: reviews and advertisements

Price-Strother map in contemporary letters

Price-Strother: a final letter

 

General Assembly Petitions, Committee Reports, and Resolutions Pertaining to the 1808 Price-Strother map of North Carolina: 1790-1799.

These records, listed chronologically, were obtained from manuscript documents in the North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC, and from published journals of the House and Senate. Continue reading “Price-Strother map legal documents”

Map Wars IV: The Minister Strikes Back

In earlier blog posts, we’ve discussed the resurrection of the plates for the 1833 MacRae-Brazier map and their use by Wellington Williams to publish a “new” map of North Carolina in 1854. The following episode involved their use by an unknown publisher (J.H. French?) for a bizarre map that turned out to be a publisher’s mock up for the map that is the subject of today’s post. What does a minister have to do with all of this?

Continue reading “Map Wars IV: The Minister Strikes Back”

Map Wars III: A disturbance in the force…caused by a bizarre map of NC

In a previous post, we discussed Wellington Williams’s publication in 1854 of a (not so) new map of North Carolina, printed from the resurrected copper plates of the 1833 MacRae-Brazier map. Those plates had more lives than a cat. Their next reincarnation resulted in one of the strangest North Carolina maps ever published. That is the topic of this North Carolina Map Blog post. Continue reading “Map Wars III: A disturbance in the force…caused by a bizarre map of NC”

Cartographic winds of change

We’ll return to the Map Wars series in a few weeks. In the meantime, please enjoy this tidbit.  Fielding Lucas, Jr., was one of the great American map publishers of the early 19th century. Not only did he compile and publish his own atlases, he also drew maps for other publishers. One example of the latter is a Geographical, Historical, And Statistical Map Of North Carolina, published in 1822-1827 atlases by Carey & Lea, shown here…
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Map Wars: Episode II – A “new” NC wall map.

There are, of course, numerous examples of maps whose publication history far outlived their accuracy from either a physical or political geographic perspective. One of the best examples from North Carolina is the 1833 MacRae-Brazier map.

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1833 MacRae-Brazier map of North Carolina

Note: Analogous to the Star Wars movies, we’re starting in the middle of the story. We’ll eventually circle around to Episode I, the story of the original MacRae-Brazier map. The fact that I’m starting in the middle of the story is what prompted the post title; this mid 19th century commercial cartographic competition did not involve light sabres or other weaponry. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post… Continue reading “Map Wars: Episode II – A “new” NC wall map.”

Worthless land?

The early 1830s spawned a flurry of interest in building railroads in North Carolina. Many more companies were formed and railroads proposed than were actually constructed. That would be an outstanding topic to cover but, for now, this brief post is limited to an annotation on an 1832 manuscript map drawn to illustrate a potential route of what eventually became the North Carolina Railroad. Continue reading “Worthless land?”