Auction 124, Lot 115

"A Map of North America from the Latest Surveys and Maps", Blair, Rev. John

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1768 (circa)

Publication: Chronology and History of the World

Color: Black & White

22 x 16 inches
55.9 x 40.6 cm

Superb map of the continent during the transitional period leading up to the American Revolution. The map shows much of the region controlled by the British after the French and Indian War. Several of the colonial charters show their boundaries extending to an indeterminate western boundary. The charter and dates are noted along the colonial boundaries, which extend through Louisiana, a Spanish possession at the time this map was made. Another conflicting boundary is New Mexico's eastern line, which travels north along the R. Mexicano (Sabine River) before turning northwest where it intersects with North Carolina's southern border. This map, finely engraved by Thomas Kitchin, shows a good amount of detail regarding topography and watershed, Indian lands, settlements, fishing banks, and more.

References: McCorkle #768.2.

Condition: B+

A little toning that looks like leaf offsetting at bottom corners and a trace of toning at upper center. The map has a crisp impression, and is printed on thick paper that bears the watermark of J. Whatman.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $700

Closed on 5/7/2008