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Auction 118, Lot 250

"A New and General Map of the Middle Dominions Belonging to the United States of America, viz Virginia, Maryland, The Delaware-Counties, Pennsylvania, New Jersey &c.", Laurie & Whittle

Subject: United States - Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes

Period: 1794 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

26 x 19 inches
66 x 48.3 cm

This is probably one of the most popular contemporary maps depicting the new United States. It is a derivative of the Lewis Evans map originally published by Thomas Kitchin in 1756. Evans' map contributed enormously to the cartographic knowledge of the Ohio Valley and was the first map to indicate the presence of petroleum in Pennsylvania and coal in Ohio, as well as denoting important passages through the Appalachians. The coastline from Chesapeake to Narragansett Bay is carefully delineated, and substantial detail appears westward as far as present-day Indiana. The large inset, A Sketch of the Upper Parts - to show the Remainder of the Lakes, focuses on the region of the Welinis or Illinois Indian nation, with Fort Detroit noted. The map is filled with fascinating notations. Originally issued by Thomas Kitchin in 1756, the plate went through numerous re-issues while passing through the possession of Thomas Jefferys, Sayer & Jefferys, Sayer & Bennett, and finally, Laurie & Whittle in 1794.

References: McCorkle #794.6; Tooley (Amer) p. 68, #30h.

Condition: B

Nice impression printed on thick paper without a watermark. Original color with some minor oxidation and offsetting, else very good.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 3/6/2007