Auction 103, Lot 121

"Carte des Etats-Unis d'Amerique et du Cours du Mississipi…", Brion de la Tour, Louis

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1785 (circa)

Publication: Histoire Universelle

Color: Hand Color

10.5 x 8.7 inches
26.7 x 22.1 cm

A fascinating map of the infant United States filled with details of early settlement, forts, and Indian villages as far west as present day Kansas. The states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia all have their western borders on the Mississippi River. The most notable feature is the notation of "Frankland" in present-day western North Carolina. The proposed 'state' of Franklin was formed in 1784 by "westerners" who felt cut-off from state government by the Appalachian Mountains. Due to some fascinating political intrigue, the state of Franklin was never recognized by Congress and eventually was re-annexed by North Carolina. A scarce issue as only a few printed maps make mention of the fledgling state.

References: Baynton-Williams (TMC-72) #3.

Condition: A

Folds as issued. Remargined along left binding side, right up to neatline with tiny loss.

Estimate: $500 - $550

Sold for: $550

Closed on 6/11/2003