Auction 122, Lot 219

"A Map of the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Comprehending the Spanish Provinces of East and West Florida Exhibiting the Boundaries between the Unites States and Spanish Dominions as Fixed by the Treaty of Peace in 1783", Purcell, Joseph

Subject: Southeast United States

Period: 1792 (dated)

Publication: Morse's Geography

Color: Black & White

14.2 x 12.2 inches
36.1 x 31 cm

A very uncommon map of the early Southeast that shows a well defined New State of Franklin, within the borders of North Carolina. In 1785, settlers in present-day western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee organized a state government to be named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Congress turned down their appeal but the state maintained a legislature and governor until 1788. This ephemeral state appeared on a small number of maps into the early part of the 19th century. The map shows early settlements, including a Moravian Settlement in North Carolina, and the Cumberland Settlements in present-day Tennessee. The map also notes native tribes and various Bounty Land Grants lands along the upper Mississippi River. Engraved by Taylor, published by John Jones.

References: Howes #M840; cf Sellers & Van Ee #1410; Baynton-Williams (TMC) 72, #5 p. 16.

Condition: B

A dark impression on a sheet with folds as issued and a couple of light stains along folds. The binding trim affects the neatline and leaves 1/16" margin at right. An old repair of a tiny binding tear replaces part of the binding trim about 2.5" long.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 12/5/2007