Auction 111, Lot 148

"N. W. Territory", Scott, Joseph

Subject: Central United States

Period: 1796 (published)

Publication: An Atlas of the United States

Color: Black & White

6.1 x 7.2 inches
15.5 x 18.3 cm

This is the first state of the earliest printed map to show the North West Territory. It covers the region of the upper Mississippi valley and the Great Lakes and shows the rivers and streams together with settlements, mines and forts. Lit. Fort appears at the mouth of the Chicago River and Old Ft. Orleans appears on the Missouri River. The southern end of Lake Michigan is placed almost a full degree further north than the southern shore of Lake Erie, an error that resulted in a series of boundary disputes between Michigan and its neighbors in the 19th century. The fictitious Charlevoix-Bellin islands appear in Lake Superior.

References: Karpinsky (MI) p. 189; Wheat & Brun #674.

Condition: B

Issued folding with a narrow margin at right. Bit of faint offsetting.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $650

Closed on 6/8/2005