Auction 122, Lot 223

"Gli Stati Uniti dell'America Delineati sulle ultime Osservazioni - Terzo Foglio che comprende Parte Della Virginia e della Carolina", Cassini, Giovanni Maria

Subject: Midwest United States

Period: 1797 (dated)

Publication: Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 13.5 inches
47.8 x 34.3 cm

This uncommon map is part of Cassini's six-sheet representation of the settled portions of North America, now part of the new United States. Cassini drew largely from the Zatta-Mitchell map of North America. This sheet is focused on the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys, showing portions of Lakes Erie and Michigan at top; the latter with the note of Fiume e Porto Chicagou near present-day Chicago. The interior is shown to be Virginia and North Carolina territory, but it covers present-day Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and portions of Missouri and Tennessee. The native tribes are noted, and the forts and roads are located along with a number of towns. The map is decorated with a landscape cartouche showing a turbaned man lounging on the shores of a river.

References: Portinaro & Knirsch #166.

Condition: A

A nice impression with delicate original color. There are a couple specks of foxing, mostly in the blank margins.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Sold for: $700

Closed on 12/5/2007