Auction 111, Lot 80

"Carte des Tribus Indiennes de l'Amerique du Nord vers 1600 A.D. de long l'Atlantique; de et vers 1800 A.D. a l'Ouest", Gallatin, Albert

Subject: North America

Period: 1836 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 14.6 inches
41.4 x 37.1 cm

A French version of the famous Gallatin map that was originally published by the American Antiquarian Society in their Archaeologia Americana,1836. It was noted by Wheat, Cohen, and Howes as the best map of the West of its time. The edition appears to be similar or identical to the American version except for the addition of an area in the middle of the country with a double broken line which is referred to on the map thus: "Le Territoire definitivement attribue aux Indiens. Est indique par le double trail noir pointel." All other notes and place names are in English. Shows the California explorations by Jedidiah Strong Smith, many place names and notes. Calls the Great Basin the "Sandy Desert". Gallatin was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1761. After graduating from the University of Geneva he immigrated to Boston in 1780 and served in the Revolutionary Army. He later served as Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Jefferson and James Madison. He held numerous official positions including a commissioner to the Treaty of Ghent, as the United States Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to France, the Minister Plenipotentiary to Great Britain, and president of the National Bank of New York. He died in Astoria, N.Y. in 1849. A most important and historically significant map that is encapsulated in archival Mylar.

References: Wheat (TMW) #417.

Condition: A

Lovely impression and original coloring. Full original margins with binding trim at left, as issued. Folding, as issued. Tear from binding trim into the Pacific, professional closed on verso and not visible on recto, else fine.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $500

Closed on 6/8/2005