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Auction 118, Lot 143

"North America Drawn from the best Authorities", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: North America

Period: 1782 (circa)


Color: Black & White

9 x 7.5 inches
22.9 x 19.1 cm

The title cartouche conveniently hides the unexplored northwestern regions on this map of North America. But below the cartouche there is still a wide variety of speculative cartography. The Western Sea has only the western coastline delineated and the entrances are noted as discovered by Juan de Fuca and Aquilar. The River of the West also apparently ties into this vague sea and is connected by a dotted line to Pikes Lake and Manlons R.. There is an east-west range of mountains below New Albion labeled the Snowy Mountains. A river in the approximate location of the Colorado is called Martyr's R. The intermountain region is labeled Teguayo & Quivira and central Canada has a bizarre system of lakes and river. Locates many Indian tribes, Buffalo Meadows, forts, etc. The British colonies are shown with their western boundaries on the Mississippi River.


Condition: A

A very nice example with a fine impression and original margins. Some very light toning and one short marginal split at top.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 3/6/2007